Even though blended learning is often associated with the education sector, the opportunities and benefits of using this concept, in corporate training, is huge. In this article, you will find out about the benefits and how you can start implementing blended learning in your company.
What is Blended Learning?
As you may already know blended learning or “hybrid learning” represents a learning model that combines both formal (traditional classroom) and non-formal (online courses) methodologies. But the reference that I prefer is that blended learning represents a model that integrates technology to boost learning and deliver business impact.
First, let’s talk about benefits! Who doesn’t want to implement a learning strategy if it comes with great benefits?
5 Key Benefits Blended Learning Has For Your Business
- It’s Cost-efficient
With blended learning, you can improve training costs and ROI. Forget about missing courses, traveling costs or taking time off work for constant trainings. You can easily combine classroom trainings with pre-registered courses. You can also organize a live-training online so your learners will be up to date with everything.
- Be Consistent In Activities Also Pre-training
Everybody can be on the same page before even starting the in-class training. Send them reading materials, videos and pre-course questionnaires so they can come prepared.
- Access the Content From Anywhere, Anytime, on Any Device
Your learners can be constantly connected to your content. They can even download courses so they can access them without internet access if necessary.
- Increase User Engagement Easily
The combination of multimedia and instructional designing makes the perfect recipe for a rich learning experience. What’s most important? Learners can go back to the courses whenever they want so they can deliver great results over time.
- Get insightful reports about your learners
Analyze the activity of your learners and see where they are excelling and where they are struggling. This way you can optimize the content accordingly.
Ready To Take Your Training Programs To The Next Level With Blended Learning? Here’s How With 5 Easy Steps:
- Choose the Suitable LMS for Your Needs
If you don’t have a Learning Management System yet, it’s very important when making the research to keep in mind your blended learning strategies and your learners’ needs.
- Communicate the Blended Learning Objectives Internally
Learners have to know when and why they will use technology for their training process. Inform them about the combination between technology and face-to-face training so that it will be clear when to use what.
- Create a Flexible Blended Learning Strategy
If you already have a strategy in place keep in mind that blended learning is a model that needs a lot of flexibility. Before the official launch, you can organize a focus group of employees who can test the LMS and training materials. Ask for their feedback with surveys or forms implemented in the LMS. After this, you can easily optimize the strategy and the content in order to fit your learners’ needs.
- Include Effective Assessments In The Program
Establish if you’ll have courses that will be in-class and you can develop pre and post-training assessments for them. If some courses will be online, the assessments can be at the end of the course. You can use multiple or single choice quiz and other interactive assessments.
- Build a Blended Learning Community
Being and feeling as part of a community that supports technology-assisted training is an effective way to increase engagement. You can start a forum inside your LMS where employees can change opinions or ask questions.
Get started now by choosing the right LMS platform for your blended learning program!
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