More and more organizations today are migrating to eLearning, from the traditional form of training, considering all the benefits eLearning has to offer. But, should eLearning be a replacement for classroom training? Think about your employees. Will they be able to embrace this drastic change at once? What about the not-so-tech-savvy employees?
Training, as was known before, referred to employees congregated in classrooms or conference rooms where an instructor or a subject matter expert (SME) shared knowledge. It was a one-way process, with knowledge transmitted from the instructor to the learner. The instructor played a key role in the process and the successful outcome of any training solely resided on the capabilities of the instructor. Possibly because, there was very little scope for interaction. This was also true with any other form of knowledge transfer that existed – books, newspapers, radio, and television.
Blended learning, also referred to as hybrid learning or mixed-mode learning is a mix of traditional classroom training and digital learning methodologies. The idea is to provide a mix of different delivery methods for a comprehensive learning experience. It can include classroom training, eLearning, as well as other online formats, such as video-based learning and mobile learning.
What does it take to create a perfect blended learning solution? To create a blended learning solution, we need to know:
- What we want employees to do
- How can we help them to it
- What are the best instructional methods
You have finalized the date of the next safety training program. You have checked the trainer’s availability and the availability of the venue. Now, you forward the tentative schedule to the line manager (who has to release his team to attend the training). You hit a roadblock.
Classroom or face-to-face training programs have been the driving force of the learning programs in any organization since a long time. For employees and management, face-to-face training is the traditional way to learn and is still strongly embedded in the learning process.
Digital technologies are disrupting the way people do ordinary day-to-day activities such as watching TV, shopping, or making reservations. We no longer prefer cable television, but opt for video-on-demand. Subscription for multiple-devices sounds enticing. We no longer walk to the store to do our shopping, but find it easy and hassle-free to look for what we want online, with great choices and options. How can corporate training still stick to the old ways?
Every year, the eLearning industry sees a rise in the number of organizations moving from traditional to online learning. The eLearning industry is without a doubt, growing and set to reach an approximate revenue of USD $31 billion, by the end of 2020. The benefits of an online training program far outweigh a traditional training program; but even we in the eLearning fraternity, would not recommend deploying online learning alone. The reason, in a nutshell, is this: Every learning environment – be it online or traditional, provides benefits that cannot be supplemented by another, but is also afflicted by limitations that can be overcome by another. We therefore recommend that organizations implement a blended learning format that makes use of multiple learning environments.
Instructor-led training continues to be in vogue even with the advancement of technology-based training. Many organizations are still glued to ILT initiatives, owing to its many advantages. So, what should you keep in mind while setting up an ILT session for training your employees and how can you maximize its impact? Well, check our infographic for the same.
Sales training, a crucial element for the success of an organization, has become even more challenging in the present competitive and dynamic marketplace. Due to increased product proliferation and rapid increase in the knowledge of customers, sales personnel experience a tough time influencing the buying decisions of customers.