The simplest definition of ‘Blended Learning’ would be – “A balanced mix of self-paced eLearning modules and face-to-face instructor-led training.”
The modern workplace throws up a number of challenges for HR and L&D Managers. The two primary challenges are ensuring that:
- Employees are sufficiently trained and skilled to do their job with finesse.
- The training courses are designed to hold the interest of the learners/employees and produce the desired learning outcomes.
A 2010 study conducted by the U.S. Department of Education states that a blended approach to learning is more effective and has a higher rate of retention of learning when compared to self-paced eLearning courses. The actual lines read – “In studies contrasting blends of online and face-to-face instruction with conventional face-to-face classes, blended instruction has been more effective.”
Benefits of Blended Learning
- Creates an environment that focuses on team-building and learning together as a group. This translates to real-world bonding and working together when the trainees are deployed on projects.
- Learners get to meet subject-matter experts directly and face-to-face interaction beats a forum-board any given day.
- Inter-personal interaction builds and boosts confidence and allows employees to work better at office when dealing with colleagues and external clients.
- In terms of handling dwindling attention spans, blended learning models that include a human trainer work better!
- Cost-effective and time-saving when compared to a purely online or a completely live-training session. No better place to learn than at your own desk or on your mobile phone.
- Covers more learning style and offers more possibilities for personalization.
So, despite all the technological advancements that we make, the perennial myth of AI and automation taking over all our jobs including that of trainers and teachers; it is important to understand that technology just simplifies and augments existing manual processes. Blended learning works in tandem with specialized online courses and offers learners the chance to clarify their queries and doubts in real-time via their trainers. Therefore, if you are looking to create a brand-new learning strategy and course curriculum for your employees or learners; we would recommend that you opt for a fair bit of blended learning modules as well.
At Ingegno, we have proven expertise in creating excellent blended learning modules for industries as diverse as pharmaceuticals and publishing. Please write to us at email@example.com for a quick consultation on creating effective blended learning solutions for your organization.
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