• Mark Gash

Blended learning - the perfect training mix

What is blended training?

Blended training takes your traditional Instructor-Led Training (ILT) and combines it with an online training approach, sometimes known as eLearning.

In recent years, many companies rushed to embrace eLearning, regarding it as a cost-effective alternative to classroom based training. In some cases, instructors were completely displaced by a programme of eLearning, causing fear that they were all going to be replaced by computers.

Thankfully, we’re now coming to a point where the value of Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) is once again being recognised by organisations. Trainers can sleep easy, as business leaders come to the realisation that eLearning is a tool and a delivery channel, not a teacher in itself. 

What are the benefits of a blended training approach?

The obvious benefit is the logistics - as an instructor, you can only be in one place at a time and only effectively teach a small number of people in a room. Even if you squeeze in multiple sessions a day, the ability to grow a business is limited. An online training approach extends the reach and capacity of instructors, allowing you to impart knowledge to a wider audience, no matter where in the world they are located.

Of course, this assumes that the only use eLearning has is to broadcast face-to-face sessions across the internet. But blended training is about much more than that.

As we mentioned above, the aim of blended is not to replace the trainer, it is a way to provide added value to a trainer’s expertise. Interactive video, assessments, games and branching scenarios can all be used to augment the core sessions delivered at an instructor level. For example, delivering a pre-course skills assessment online, allows trainers to better tailor real-world events to the knowledge-level of their audience.

Blended micro-learning can be used as a breakout activity during an ILT session, giving both you and your users instant feedback on their knowledge.

It’s a sad fact that a large proportion of the information people “learn” on a day course is forgotten about soon afterwards, with many delegates unable to effectively recall important information. Blended training allows you to host refresher courses online and curate a library of digital resources for your users to dip back into when they need it.

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