The Flipped Classroom: How does it Benefit Corporate Training?

The ABCs of Flipped Classroom Training

The corporate world has been evolving, however, training budgets have been shrinking. There is constant pressure on trainers and SMEs to look for alternative approaches to train employees all while adhering to the shrinking budgets. The flipped classroom approach has been a forerunner in cost-effective training models. The 70:20:10 model for Learning and Development can be attained using the inverted classroom method with blended learning projects. According to various researches, flipped classrooms have the ability to improve learner engagement, ROI, and save costs for Corporates. This blog discusses a few of the benefits of flipping the classroom training model to meet the learning needs of employees.

Better Use of Trainers and SMEs

One of the best parts of a flipped classroom is that the trainer is present when the crucial phase of learning takes place and helps them when they need assistance. In the traditional classroom, the learning is reflected through homework assignments. The suboptimal order of events don’t guarantee adequate results as they have to wait until the next session to clarify their doubts. With flipped classroom, the instruction is given before coming into the classroom. And the in-classroom time is maximized for the trainer to get insights into the topics learners need more assistance with. Another important aspect of corporate training is the cost it entails. There is a constant need for dedicated trainers, and SMEs to be present in-person, to supervise undergoing training in a classroom. However, with flipped classroom the lectures can be reused, further reducing the cost. Also, considering that the instruction is handed out before the classroom session, the time spent with the trainer is also brought down.

Self-Paced Learning

The biggest advantage of a flipped classroom model is that asynchronous technologies make training content available on-demand. Considering the fact that corporate learners have day jobs along with commuting and other tasks, flipping classroom time gives learners the opportunity to schedule learning according to their convenience. Learners can complete the cognitive material at their own pace, outside the classroom. This helps in avoiding delays in class especially for learners who need more time or further explanations. Also, learners can review the content at their own pace with no stress and no peer pressure.

Minimizes Operational Disruptions

Flipped classroom minimizes the need for in-person interaction. Let’s take the example of learning to ride a bike. Which approach is more effective, watching videos and reading manuals, or trying on your own, with assistance from experts? It’s simple, the latter approach is far more effective. In the former you might gain theoretical knowledge, however, what you need is practical knowledge. Flipped classroom follows a similar principle. Learners are given the opportunity to learn on their own using eBooks, Microlearning modules, infographics, etc., and are assisted when needed. This reduces the need for instructors to be physically present all the time.

Value-Added Use Of Class Time

Learners can utilize their limited time with the trainer to strengthening skills and behaviors, which are especially beneficial in Learning and Development. Flipped classroom is sought after when it comes to mundane training sessions like process training, making it more interesting. As the theory part of the training is shared online, the continuation in the classroom session is more to clarify queries and the more hands-on facets of the training. On the other hand, trainers can utilize classroom sessions to illustrate the seemingly difficult parts of the sections. In doing so, learners have a greater understanding of the concepts and will be able to better apply them in the real world.

Cost-Effective

While considering facilitating training, a major aspect to consider is logistics. Blended learning can drastically reduce the costs for learning. In simple words, when you need just a few trainers for less time, the cost of travel, transportation, accommodation, etc., are reduced. We are not refuting that online training involves cost too. Developing online training deliverables involves the expertise of multiple resources and skillful experts. However, that can be brought down when you take advantage of free technologies and easy to use tools. At the end of the day, blending different modes delivery in corporate training programs can considerably intensify your training’s ROI. Reducing the costs for traditional training programs can be efficiently combined with enhanced team performance.

If as an organization you are seeking to maximize learning effectiveness, the 70:20:10 model is the best. With its development programs through activities and inputs, this model continues to rule the training world and is extensively utilized by organizations across the globe. How has the flipped classroom model helped you? Do share your thoughts.

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