5 reasons blended training keeps your learners coming back for more
What is it about a blended training approach that sets it apart from traditional classroom-based learning?
Traditional classroom-based training can often be a passive exercise for the learner, where they can choose to listen or not. In contrast, blended training puts the user at the centre of the learning process. Assessments, activities and reward systems promote active engagement with the course materials, which is key to the retention of knowledge.
A blended approach can remove many of the barriers to learning that pure face-to-face training possesses. Users can access course materials and assessments anytime, anywhere, across a range of devices. Their understanding of a subject is not limited by their ability to physically attend seminars on set dates at a fixed location. This freedom to learn complements the flexible working patterns many people now benefit from in employment.
Access to supplementary online resources, outside of an Instructor-Led Training session, gives users more control over the pace at which they work. It provides the option to revisit areas they may have forgotten or would like more information about. It also promotes on-going learning, where users can access information at the point of need.
Blended training is a perfect model to promote a collaborative approach to learning. Social media has made online discussion a part of everyday life, so incorporating this into learning is invaluable. It offers opportunities for questions, debate and feedback, which is useful not only for learners but also for instructors when planning future sessions.
Blended training is a mixture of both traditional classroom training and eLearning but it isn’t limited to those two methods. It can, and should, incorporate a practical element, especially when it relates to employment. Blended can incorporate cause-and-effect scenarios that relate directly to the learner’s own role, making the whole experience more personal to the individual.
All of the above gives learners the power to not only forge their own path but also to influence the way learning evolves across their organisation in the future.
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