Blended Learning refers to a mix of different delivery methods for a more comprehensive learning experience. It can include classroom training, e-learning, as well as other online formats such as video-based learning, mobile learning, and so on. If you are new to online training and would like to explore it for your organization, the best option is to start small with blended learning.
The popularity of video-based learning is growing with each passing day. A study by Cisco reveals that videos will make up 82% of all IP traffic by 2020, up from 70% in 2015. The phenomenal growth in the popularity of videos is compelling companies to deliver training content in the form of video-based learning modules.
In collaborative learning, people gain knowledge through interactions and the exchange of information in groups. It is also referred to as cooperative learning.
In the article “Social software: E-learning beyond learning management systems”, Christian Dalsgaard of the Institute of Information and Media Studies, University of Aarhus, Denmark, says online learning needs to “engage students in an active use of the web as a resource for their self-governed, problem-based and collaborative activities .”
In a rapidly changing business environment, ILT (instructor-led training) and e-learning separately may not achieve the set business goals. To improve business performance by increasing revenues and reducing costs, it would be sensible to integrate ILT trainings with e-learning programs.
Blended learning is the combination of face-to-face and online learning. The synchronous learning strategy of the classroom is blended with the asynchronous mode of online learning to provide an ideal, enriching learning experience.
If safety is ‘common sense’ then we need no trainers, training programs, safety officers, inductions or safety legislation. – Rob Long, Social Psychology Expert
Many organizations are blending classroom training with e-learning. An effective blend of training formats helps companies provide a high degree of flexibility to learners. It helps firms gain the advantages of the online learning medium, while retaining the “human touch” in their training programs.
Blended learning refers to the use of technology to complement classroom sessions and strengthen the training process through the practice and application of concepts learned in the classroom.
How can you frame an effective blend of learning methodologies to train your people?
Hybrid learning – a learning methodology that combines the flexibility of technology-enabled learning with the benefits of human interaction afforded by a classroom. A right blend of online courses and instructor-led sessions goes a long way in imparting highly effective training.
Welcome to the final post of the two blog series, Blend Learning Formats to Train Your Medical Reps Effectively. In the first post, we saw that a blend of learning methodologies can be used to impart good training to pharmaceutical sales representatives on the basics of anatomy and physiology. We have also seen how the hybrid learning approach enables drug manufacturers train their sales representatives effectively on various diseases and their impact on the human body. Today, we will see how medical reps can be trained on pharmacokinetics and interactions with physicians. We will also see how to help representatives apply their learning in their jobs.