Blended learning contributes significantly to the success of top performing organizations, (Towards Maturity, 2015). That’s because the most effective employee training motivates employees to perform their jobs with greater efficiency, reliable consistency and better compliance with mandated health and safety standards. Bottom line? A better educated workforce is better for your bottom line.
Your company, like most, probably already uses some form of classroom, instructor-led training (ILT) to educate your employees. While in-person training creates a social learning environment that’s great for team building, relying on this approach alone has notable drawbacks. For one, ILT often has little-to-no shelf life beyond the class itself. Not to mention the logistical challenge of getting all of your employees together at the same time in the same place. And, let’s be honest, today, technology is at the center stage of our lives. So how is this all translated into better education for your employees?
A blended learning program uses the best approaches of both ILT and eLearning, making it possible for you to deliver the most effective training at a faster pace.
An example of blended learning, flipped learning incorporates technology like a learning management system (LMS) to deliver and track progress using webinars, videos or even pre-work to establish foundational knowledge prior to in-person training. The value of flipped learning is realized by maximizing the use of in-class time using workshops where learners can ask questions, share knowledge and apply what they’ve learned by interacting with each other rather than being lectured to. This type of social learning experience provides the practice for employees to better understand and retain concepts they’ve learned.
From improving your bottom line to developing social skills, you may be surprised to learn the positive business impacts you could realize by adding eLearning to your training and development programs.
Stop reinventing the wheel. eLearning tools save you time, money and effort with the ability to create templates, reuse course and resource content, track participation and performance, and automate many of the administrative tasks, like compliance notifications or reporting, that are associated with learning and development processes.
Blending hands-on ILT and interactive online courses personalizes learning experiences which strengthens memory recall up to a whopping 60% by emotionally connecting the learner with their training. Customized learning keeps your employees engaged with relevant, role-specific content that helps them absorb 5 times the information up to 60% faster than ILT, according to The Information Daily and Brandon-Hall Group.
Using an LMS will allow you to easily distribute consistent training to everyone, no matter the time or place. And, you can track and report performance data to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of your course content in as little time as possible.
Every employee learns differently. Whether auditory-, visual-, text- or experience-based, a blended learning solution gives you a mix of training delivery methods to accommodate all types of learners and levels of knowledge.
On-demand training likely improves engagement and completion rates by up to 65% by giving your busy employees the flexibility to access training or resources as they need or have the time to dedicate to them, (Capterra LMS Industry User Report, 2015). Online access allows your employees to learn on their own time, at their own pace, reducing their time away from productive work.
Character traits like critical thinking, problem solving, social interaction, humility, empathy, courage, organization, time management - all those things we hope to find in a successful, well-rounded employee. Both ILT and eLearning promote development and strengthening of soft skills by observing, teaching and applying concepts.
At Roundtable, we support blended learning 100%! By developing a customized eLearning program, we can give you the advantage of flexible and cost-effective online training combined with instructor-led training to get your staff performing at their highest potential. No matter the outcome you’re looking for, or how familiar you are with implementing eLearning into your current training, we can advise you on what to do and where to start. We’re here to help! Just give us a call or fill out our form.