Delight your learners with a multi-format learning experience
Mixing live sessions (face-to-face or online) with self-study online learning is a fantastic way to deliver high-impact training at scale.
By blending elearning with live workshops, your learners get the best of both worlds. They have the autonomy to study when they please and the opportunity to meet with their peers for facilitated discussions. During these conversations, they’ll increase their understanding of the topic and learn from the experiences of the other participants.
As a training provider, blended learning has many benefits. With a blended mix, course tutors aren’t spending precious contact time teaching the basics – this is left to self-study online elements. In turn, this means you can use your tutor resource more effectively.
What is blended learning?
In our view, blended learning can involve several different learning intervention types. This creates a rich learning experience beyond the more traditional classroom or elearning formats.
We’ve helped training providers design high-impact blended learning using a variety of elements:
Classic classroom-based training to help learners connect and share their experiences.
On-demand online learning
Self-study elearning to provide the ‘input’ to the subject area.
Group video calls to discuss topics in-depth and encourage peer-to-peer learning.
One-to-one conversations with a course tutor for tailored support and guidance.
Scheduled emails over days, weeks and months to increase impact, improve retention and keep your training front-of-mind.
Social media and Slack channels foster new connections and encourage dialogue beyond your core training.
Designing effective blended learning
At the core of a high-impact learning experience is a strong understanding of the problem(s) to be solved, the person’s context and their environment.
This analysis is key to understanding the challenges around any performance issue and why/how they have arisen in the first place. If training can help solve these issues, you can use the various tools in your training toolbox to design a blended learning experience to achieve the desired results.
Of course, it is also essential to consider the client too (if this is not the learner) and how you can ensure this is commercially viable for your training business.