In the 21st Century’s fast paced world, todays’ learners expect to find immediate information and instant answers to any question they may have. We live in a world where we have become accustomed to finding immediate solutions to our problems.
A powerful way to create a successful strategy for training is to make use of blended learning. Blended learning incorporates both classroom and online learning, ensuring an engaging and interactive learner experience.
So, how do we create better learner engagement through blended learning?
Not all learners are after a lot of information, they may simply be searching for a template, or guidance. This kind of learning is particularly relevant for irregular undertakings or tasks that are needed sporadically. Of course, this isn’t always the case and sometimes micro-learning or a quick fix isn’t the answer. To learn more complicated skills, and to build long-term skills, the learner will require a deeper level of engagement.
Therefore, blending both deep learning (this will include exams, simulations, practical exams, classroom training, as well as online content) and micro-learning (bite sized, easy to access online information) into your training strategy and Learning Management System is important.
Many learning and development professionals speak of struggling to draw their learners back into the content and learning process. A great way to keep your learners engaged is by incentivising them. You can reward them after they have completed a specific section by ranking them on leader boards, giving them certificates and badges, or sharing their success story with other learners.
The best digital content has a life of its own, it spreads organically through user engagement. With today’s digital technology you can view user metrics including comments and shares in order to measure content effectiveness. You can measure your learner metrics by making use of a Learning Management System or LMS. With this system, you can see what works and what doesn’t, and strategies your course content around these statistics.
If you do not have a LMS that offers this, there are other ways to increase learner involvement. This can be done by making use of social media polling, discussion forums, webinars, online live coaching and virtual classroom sessions.
Microlearning is a great way to keep your learners inspired by applying structure and shape to their learning journey. Group related content together and allow learners to work through it in bite sized formats that are manageable for their lifestyles.
By spreading learning out over time results in improved long-term performance and productivity.