Is your organisation considering making a switch from classroom-based training to elearning? Maybe you’re looking to provide both options to your employees? In this blog, I’ll explore how engaging elearning can complement face-to-face learning methods to provide a comprehensive learning experience – known as blended learning.
Two different approaches
Even though we’re a company that specialises in creating brilliant bespoke elearning, at GLAD we understand that traditional learning methods still have an important role to play.
Classroom learning provides a human touch that can sometimes be missing from an elearning course. It also gives people the chance to work together and share ideas. In some cases, especially if the training is for new starters, it offers an opportunity to get to know your colleagues.
However, classroom-based learning can be a costly and time-consuming process. You can only go as fast as the slowest learner. And some learners don’t feel comfortable speaking or asking questions when in a large group.
Elearning, on the other hand, allows users to carry out the training wherever they want, and at their own pace. This saves on time and cost. Elearning is also easy to update. If there are changes to regulations or employees are required to learn something new, the training can be updated quickly and rolled out immediately.
Elearning makes reporting and monitoring users’ progress and assessment results far more reliable. It’s usually done using an LMS, rather than manually.
Blended learning – the best of both worlds
Using elearning as part of a blended learning solution, creates a more personalised learning experience. Learners have an increased amount of control over the time, place and pace of the learning: they can access training at home; they can split it up into ten-minute chunks; they can learn during your lunch break or in the evening. All this while still maintaining contact with a qualified trainer.
This approach ensures that the learner is engaged and in control of their individual learning experience. It also helps cater to the individual needs of the learner. Everyone has a unique learning style. A blended approach is more likely to cater to those needs than a traditional classroom teaching experience.
There are also benefits for a Learning and Development team too. Using an LMS, they can receive instant feedback and assess their learners’ performance and needs based on a quiz or assessment.
Consider this scenario: you work for a sales company and want your employees to practice the skills they have learnt in the classroom, but in a consequence-free environment. An elearning course with relevant and engaging scenarios provides them the opportunity to put the classroom theory into practice, without any risk.
How GLAD can make blended learning work for you
Blended learning should never be used just for the sake of it. At GLAD we can make elearning go hand-in-hand with your other training solutions by:
- Making sure the learning objectives of an elearning course are the same as classroom training
- Understanding what the course needs to achieve
- Personalising the learning journey to cater to different levels of prior knowledge and ability
- Using ultra-relevant case studies and scenarios to engage learners
- Providing access to the same resources as learners would use in the classroom