The Power of Blended Learning
September 2, 2021
What is Blended Learning?
Blended Learning is the combination of traditional, in-person learning experiences (such as Instructor-Led Training, Seminars, etc) and virtual learning (eLearning, Webinars, etc).
While traditional learning has been around for centuries, Virtual learning has become more popular lately due to global circumstances, and has demonstrated that it can be a very useful method of training.
As the world starts to return to some semblance of normalcy, organizations want to shift back to in-person training, but many workers don’t want to lose the beneficial aspects of virtual learning,
This is where companies can leverage the power of blended learning. By combining aspects of in-person and virtual learning together, you can take advantage of the strengths each type offers while meeting the needs of your company and workforce.
In-Person vs Virtual Learning
Some would argue that in-person learning is better because it allows people to work together in the same space, while easily talking and sharing ideas. Others might say that virtual learning is better because it offers the convenience of learning from anywhere at any time, which caters to the lifestyle of many learners.
In Person Learning is great for socialization, interactivity and providing an instructor to answer questions and better explain material. However, it can also be more expensive and inconvenient since attendees have to travel and attend at specific times.
Virtual Learning, on the other hand, is a very convenient (since it can be accessed almost anywhere at any time) and relatively cost effective option. On the downside, it lacks the same level of socialization that in person training does, and it can be more difficult for students to get answers to their questions and concerns.
Blended Learning Examples
Each type of learning may work better for different people, which is why blended learning can be a powerful tool to help engage both types of learners. For example, you could take advantage of the socialization aspect of in-person learning while providing the convenience of virtual learning.
There are numerous ways to combine in-person and virtual learning together depending on the needs of your business. The examples below are meant to act as inspiration to help you create your own.
Weekly virtual lectures supported by classroom seminar style meetings
In this example you can provide the bulk of the knowledge transfer virtually, allowing students to go at their own pace, but offer in-person seminars with a smaller number of learners to allow them to discuss and apply the material being taught during lectures.
A Virtual eLearning-style course supplemented by in-person coaching sessions
This example can be useful when your organization is working towards changing worker behaviors. Providing an in-depth eLearning course about the required changes can help the worker get the depth of knowledge they need without feeling judged. The coaching sessions can help the worker process through any challenges they have, and allow the coach to address any resistance or concerns the worker has related to the material.
On the job training supported by virtual “how to” videos that fill in knowledge gaps
On the job training can be challenging because it usually takes away from the trainer’s ability to do their own job while they’re training. By providing a mixture of in-person training, along with pre-recorded “how to” videos that the learner can watch virtually at their convenience, it frees up time for your trainer to continue working at their job while your learner is getting up to speed.
Does Blended Learning Make Sense for Your Business?
Blended Learning is about finding a mixture of in-person and virtual content delivery methods that will best suit your organization’s training needs. As with any business change, the switch to blended learning should be evaluated thoroughly to determine whether it’s going to help your organization reach its goals.
As businesses continue to re-open and people return to in-person work/school, it’s important to examine training options that will benefit your organization and workforce now and in the future. Blended Learning is one such option that can help ease that transition and allow your business to pivot easier to deal with future changes.
Positive Results™ is a training development and cloud solutions company that helps organizations by analyzing their business processes and implementing solutions to solve for any gaps that we find. We believe that Blended Learning (when properly implemented) is an excellent hybrid training delivery method, combining the best aspects of in-person and virtual learning to satisfy the needs of your organization.
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