A Blended Learning Environment in the Workplace.
|THE POWER OF A BLENDED LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
|Traditional classroom-based methods, or offline training, have long been relied upon for delivering vital workplace compliance training to workers around the world.But in recent years ELearning, or electronic and online training, has become a fundamental part of the way many organisations deliver compliance training.
If your organisation is one of the myriad enterprises that utilises ELearning in their business model then it is likely that you have heard the term “blended learning”.
|BUT WHAT IS BLENDED LEARNING?
|Simply put, blended learning is a mixture of the two, and the best blended learning programs harness the strengths and benefits of each approach in a complimentary manner.Every organisation is different and has different circumstances and requirements, and blended courses reflect that, making a comprehensive description of blended learning tricky.
But, essentially, blended learning is any course or environment that utilises elements of both ELearning and traditional classroom-based methods, or a combination of online and offline, to deliver compliance training.
Blended courses still provide the teacher-student dynamic but allow the learner to work more at their own pace, and afford them more control over certain other elements of the training, such as where and when they complete it.
|A BLENDED COURSE MIGHT INCLUDE:
|Business Training-TV and ETraining-TV are cloud-based ‘Software as a Service’ (SAAS) ELearning training platforms, meaning that we host the application and all content, and all you need is an Internet connection to make it work.
|A blended learning approach helps to create an integrated and complementary learning environment for teacher and student, or trainer and learner. For example, traditional classroom-based lectures can be delivered online as live webinars using a webinar tool such as Zoom, Google Hangouts, or any one of the many others, depending on how many people you’re delivering to, their needs, and yours.
Self paced video elearning promotes employee engagement and is the easiest method for understanding and learning in the workplace.
Sessions can easily be recorded or pre-recorded and delivered to learners on an anytime, anywhere basis, and can also be fed into ELearning courses later down the line, affording learners greater control and learn-at-their-own-pace training.
This approach combines the traditional and digital methods to broaden the experience, while simultaneously making it more accessible for remote learners and people with difficult schedules.
|ELEARNING VS TRADITIONAL LEARNING
|Both online and offline learning have their advantages and disadvantages, which is why a blended learning environment that harnesses each of their respective strengths can be such a powerful approach to compliance training and workplace development.
|TRADITIONAL LEARNING ADVANTAGES:
|In 2014, IBM saved $579 million after switching half of their traditional training over to ELearning, and it is estimated that ELearning cuts costs for universities by almost 60%. However, despite the convenience and cost-effectiveness of online training, traditional learning cannot be entirely replaced in many cases.
There are still aspects of training that are difficult or impossible to deliver online, such as practical tests and courses involving specialist equipment.
|A blended learning environment broadens the learner experience and enhances compliance training and development programs for employees, contractors, volunteers, students, and management.By providing the flexibility and control of online learning without losing the practical experience and socially interactive element of traditional courses, learners gain a more comprehensive understanding of training content.
But it’s not only the learners who see the incredible benefits from the blended learning approach, but organisations as well.
|THINK BEFORE YOU BLEND
|By now you know that developing blended learning courses and implementing them in your organisation can be an exceptionally valuable enterprise.But before you dive into a blended environment, there are a few important things to consider.
|THE RIGHT LMS
|Before you pick any old Learning Management System (LMS) for the online portion of your blended programs, make sure that the LMS you choose is the right one for your organisation and your needs.For example, if you’re focusing on webinars, don’t opt for an LMS that doesn’t support them.
|CONSIDER THE CONTENT
|Not everything will translate, so don’t assume that just because a course was successful in a classroom setting that it will automatically work as an online course.For example, don’t go trying to deliver an online written exam for a practical hands-on test.
You will probably have to do a little work to make it work. Consider the content, the learners, and what aspects of courses need to change in order to deliver the most successful blended program.
|TAKE YOUR TIME
|There’s no rush. Moving some or all of your traditional learning online or into the blended environment is a big change for your organisation and your learners.It doesn’t have to happen overnight, allow ample time for everything and everyone to adjust, assess the progress and success of the change, get feedback, and make adjustments where necessary.
|Remember, blended learning isn’t mandatory and shouldn’t be adopted for the sake of it or because you think you should. The goal of all workplace learning is for it to be the most accessible and beneficial that it can be whether it’s online, offline, or both.Business Training-TV makes it easy to develop and deliver blended learning courses in your organisation. Contact us to see how you can incorporate our platform into your business model and learning environment.
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