Blended eLearning to the Rescue

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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 eLearning approach, and watch the dull roar return to a few whispers of displeasure from the usual suspects.

3 Benefits of Blended eLearning

Taking a blended eLearning approach to training allows the learner the most flexibility when answering the questions of how, when and where learning takes place. But the student isn’t the only one who benefits. Organizations are making the switch for the following three reasons:

1. Cost. In-class training may seem like a cheaper option when compared to eLearning development, but consider the true cost of face-to-face sessions: Time away from work, paying instructors and flying in remote employees can eat up a significant amount of the L&D budget. A blended eLearning approach cuts down on travel costs and can be used again and again, which reduces instructor time as well.

2. Reach. Global organizations face the challenges of making learning universal, no matter the branch location. Language interpretation and travel can also be concerns, both of which are easily addressed by blended eLearning that brings the same training to all employees, whether they work in another country or from home.

3. Personalization. If all learners have different levels of understanding and expertise, then why force them into the same training program? Blended eLearning creates a buffet-style approach to training, allowing learners to lead and choose how and when they interact with the material. Being able to test out of a familiar topic or listening to the same podcast a few times means each learner gets the training they need (and want).

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…

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Putting Blended eLearning 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 eLearning programs, especially when creating interactive webinars.

Beyond the Webinar into Blended eLearning

Use your in-house social media to further blended eLearning 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.