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Benefits of Blended Solutions – A Mix of eLearning and Classroom Training

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Benefits of Blended Solutions - A Mix of eLearning and Classroom Training

Blended learning solutions – which offer a mix of eLearning and classroom training, can provide a plethora of benefits for any organization. Here are a few benefits of blended solutions:

You Can Leverage Both Modalities

It blends the best of both worlds by using a combination of delivery formats or modalities. You can leverage the benefits of effective classroom delivery that results in optimal learning, along with the advantages of a self-paced module to support learners at different phases of the learning process.

Create curriculum that uses a blend of both. Ask yourself how you can best mix the benefits of high-quality classroom training with the benefits of high-quality eLearning.

Each Mode Can Complement the Other

Overcome the limitations of one mode of learning delivery with the benefits of the other. With a blended solution, you can move all parts of the training that can be learnt by participants by themselves to the online medium and reserve classroom training for those bits that are most effective through interaction with an expert facilitator and with the peer group.

Flexibility Leads To Better Completion Rates

Flexibility in terms of the content and schedule will enable participants to be less likely to drop out as they can accommodate the blended solution into their schedules without much inconvenience. Also, since they can pace the online component, they can spend additional time on content that needs more of their attention. Successfully completing parts of the overall training also leads to increased motivation levels and participants are more likely to continue with the complete blended solution. Students can work at their own pace during the online portion, spending extra time where they need additional time for mastery.

Variety Matters

Having just one delivery format can quickly turn monotonous. Having a blend of ILT and eLearning adds variety to the training mix and engages learners. Besides the various learning strategies that each delivery format affords also adds to the interesting blend that caters to diverse learners with varying learning styles.

You can customize the Blend

The blend can be adjusted depending on the target audience. For instance if you have a compliance training for an audience primarily composed of finance staff, who are used to reading a lot of text-heavy content, you can provide pre-course work in the form of documentation that needs to be read up before the course. You can also cut down the classroom component to the barest minimum by having most of the material online. By increasing the information being covered in the course, you will be able to cover more, in less time, and could reserve the classroom component to just a Q&A session and discussions of critical content. Think of the savings in time and cost! Now the same approach may not work with a target audience of sales professionals who may not prefer reading up a lot prior to a session. In which case, you can present the bare bones of the content online and follow it up by multiple face-to-face sessions. Blended learning solutions give you the flexibility to organize the blend according to your tailor-made requirement.

Learning Becomes a Process, Not an Event

Because learning is spread across various formats, learners spend more time across a longer period taking part in various learning activities. It helps provide ongoing momentum to sustain learning.

Remember, The RIGHT MIX of training solutions can be work like a magic blend:

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  • As a teacher in a college, not in a business environment, I have been reverting to blended learning out of my personal belief that it is more efficient. I agree with most of your arguments, but do miss one: trying to integrate social media,communication and collaborative learning (like peer teaching) in a pure on line course is very difficult because a lot of trainees/students do not feel at ease right away in a virtual community. The F2F moments in blended learning offer the possibility to facilitate peer learning with on line assets because the learner did meet not only his trainer/facilitator but also his peers.