Why Blended Learning Works
The world of training and development has changed considerably over the last 20 years. If you want to maximise your return on investment for training and development you need to use the right approach.If training and development is to be successful it should also form part of the overall strategic vision for the business.
Blended learning is about using a variety of training methods and learning techniques to deliver key messages to your biggest asset,your people.
You can achieve blended learning by using techniques such these alongside an online course:
- Face-Face or Classroom Training
- Best Practice Guides/Supporting Materials
Where do I begin?
First of all, you need to understand the training needs of your business and your employees. Creating training which has a real impact is best done by speaking to your team and identifying any knowledge gaps or areas where they would like further support or information. Once you have identified the relevant subject areas for training you then need to ensure that it is engaging.
Creating training courses which are content rich, relevant and engaging is key to the success of your training strategy.
The Case for eLearning
In recent years, we have seen more and more businesses utilising eLearning as a way of delivering powerful and consistent training to large numbers of employees. If we look at some of the facts and figures behind the business case for eLearning it is easy to see why it has had such an impact upon the learning landscape.
You can utilise eLearning in a number of ways including short videos,webinars and virtual classrooms or you can have a fully managed Learning Management System known as an LMS. If you need to be able to provide an audit trail to demonstrate the training undertaken by staff than an LMS can enable you to quickly and easily supply the appropriate information.
It is suggested that eLearning typically needs 40-60% less employee time than the more traditional classroom-based approach.
Using a blended approach means that you can ensure that training is suited to the individual needs of your staff and allow them to access it at a time and place that suits them.
For the past 5 and a half years, we have provided disability awareness and diversity training to some of the leading businesses within the UK including rail operators,health regulators, energy companies and education establishments. In the last 2-3 years more and more of our clients have started to look at how eLearning and blended learning can enhance training within their businesses.
We have been fortunate enough to recognise the changing trends within the learning industry and have formed a powerful alliance with an exceptionally talented and experienced eLearning business. You can find out more about eLearning by downloading our free guide.