If you’re still providing the same old, tired learning experience, you might have noticed the dull roar of, “OMG, NOT AGAIN,” growing louder with each training or eLearning announcement. Productivity advantages from “tried and true,” vaporize over time as boredom creeps in. Shaking up the delivery format can breathe new life into your lop-sided training or eLearning programs and increase effectiveness. Experiment with a blended approach, and watch the dull roar return to a few whispers of displeasure from the usual suspects.
From Traditional Classroom Training to New-Fangled eLearning…
eLearning launched from relative obscurity to a bona fide trend with the dot-com crash as department heads took hacksaws to their training and T&E budgets. Budget-friendly eLearning makes the best use of time and resources—on paper anyway—and “time away from the job” decreases. Self-paced learning frees trainers for other projects.
…And Back Again
But, when the silos turn into skyscrapers, and retention of material doesn’t last through the weekend, a partial return to a more structured type of learning—the classroom—can help reverse those trends. No classrooms? No problem…
Putting It All Together
Interactive webinars combine the interactivity of the classroom with the cost-saving benefits of eLearning. Use the webinar as an intermediate step to bridge the classroom and self-paced format. Encourage collaboration between the design and training teams when designing blended programs, especially when creating interactive webinars.
Beyond the Webinar into Blended eLearning
Use your in-house social media to further blended e-Learning by setting up peer study and review groups as a precursor to working groups. If you’re moving from the classroom to self-paced format, it encourages the use of technology. If you’re blending from the other direction, it encourages reaching out to humans.
Just as cross-pollination of people sparks fresh ideas, a cross between training and eLearning can reignite dying embers in the learning space.