Employing training is not only critical to the professional development of employees. It also determines if an organisation will join the exclusive league of high performing companies around the world.
Traditional classroom learning began to lose its attraction with upwardly mobile executives who do not always have the time to sit through a physical session. Also, the logistics, cost and limited access associated with training within the walls of a classroom presented a challenge for organisations.
What is blended learning?
The term “blended learning” is a model of education that combines traditional classroom methods of learning with online educational materials and opportunities for interaction between both.
The blended learning approach to training and development
Blended Learning is an offshoot of the digital revolution. It is a learning method that combines traditional classroom learning and online learning to achieve specific learning outcomes.
The benefits of a physical class where trainees can interact with the subject matter expert and receive immediate feedback and e-learning which allows them access to education on the move are encapsulated in blended learning.
HR Managers are beginning to introduce blended learning in their employee training plan to cater to the varying needs of different categories of staff.
What are the benefits of blended learning in the workplace?
The blended method of learning corrects the gaps in traditional teaching that do not work for all students. Having a mixture of both offline and online training activities gets you the best of strategies. It is also a more natural way to learn and work at the same time.
Other advantages of blended learning in the employee training strategy are:
1. Blended learning is cost-effective
Every organisation explores different measures to reduce their expenses and blended learning can make this happen.
Unlike teaching within the four walls of a classroom that requires payment of instructors and other costs associated with logistics, accommodation (where required) and maintenance of the teaching environment, blended learning can be delivered anywhere, thereby reducing cost.
2. Blended learning is flexible
Blended learning eliminates the limitation that defines the transfer of knowledge in a confined location. It is convenient and trainees can access materials, documents, and information wherever they are.
Trainees can enjoy learning in a habitat that is suitable for them and facilitates knowledge assimilation.
3. Blended learning helps employees learn at their own pace
This is especially good for slow learners who have the latitude to repeat courses as often as they want and without pressure to keep up with other trainees.
4. Blended learning encourages interaction
Even though face-to-face teaching encourages feedback, shy or introverted employees welcome the idea of interacting with the trainers and other colleagues in a less intrusive environment.
5. Blended learning can be tracked easily
Instructors and administrators can track the progress of each employee; easily identifying those who have completed a course and those who haven’t.
Introducing the Peerless Learning Management System
Peerless is an intelligent Learning Management System that includes all the tools a business needs to inspire continuous and collaborative learning in less time.
It uses blended learning to help organisations cater to the different learning needs and preferences of their workforce. The objective of your training and development plan can be met through a combination of self-paced e-learning and face-to-face training through Peerless.
Your employees gain access to materials and resources from all over the globe to cater to their various levels of knowledge and interest. The platform also allows more effective interactions between employees and trainees through the use of emails, discussion boards and instant messaging amongst others.
The information on Peerless LMS is broken into modules and employees are given a time frame for course completion. Complex subjects are taught in the classroom while others are made available online which helps to increase learning flexibility and convenience.
Its reporting feature allows you to update information on your talent development plan.
Remember—satisfied employees mean less costly turnovers and more income for your organisation.