There is no denying the power of classroom training. However, it is filled with scheduling and logistical issues. To amend this widespread problem, organisations are now including online training technologies in their training programs.
Thanks to mobile devices and high-speed internet, our lives have been digitised. The digital age has influenced every aspect of our lives, including the way we work. Today, we are no longer stuck to a desk or office. Smartphones even take this a step further, allowing us to work on the go.
The way we learn has evolved alongside these technological changes. Essentially, classroom training or instructor led training cannot fulfil all our requirements anymore.
Getting employees together in a single place at one time is almost impossible. Even finding an available instructor has become difficult! Study materials can also quickly become a logistical nightmare when it comes to classroom learning.
To amend these problems, it is important that online learning technologies become a part of training programs. By combining digital and classroom learning, you promise comprehensive training. This is known as blended learning.
The Benefits of Blended Learning
Online technology merges perfectly with existing classroom formats. You can create introductory eLearning courses based around the study topic. These courses can prepare learners for the classroom session that is to come.
With eLearning, you can change the way you convey information to your learners. IE: instead of learning while in a classroom setup, your learners can expand their knowledge through eLearning courses. The session in the classroom can be used for further discussion, sharing ideas, and clearing up any questions with instructors and learners.
Another way to incorporate digital learning in the classroom is to create impactful and short infographics or videos to be used in the classroom to summarise the subject matter.
Mixing digital technology in your training program would be incomplete if mobile devices weren’t added to the mix! While you create your online course, make sure that your vendor makes the online design responsive to mobile devices.
You can also develop micro-learning modules – which are bite sized pieces of information to pass on to the learner. This bite sized information needs to run perfectly across smartphone screens.
Micro learning modules help learners recollect information that was taught in the classroom. You can also make use of touchscreen technology to create games about the subject matter for your learners, giving them a fun, stress-free learning experience.
This part of digital learning is difficult to replicate in the classroom. Thanks to eLearning, you are able to create innovative and engaging ways to evaluate your learner’s knowledge.
Create match the columns, drag and drop, multiple choice questions, mini-games… the list goes on and on.
With digital learning technology you can effortlessly compile the test data of your learners, and can take steps to improve these results.
Greater Reach and Greater Flexibility
Online learning, as mentioned previously, can be accessed anywhere and at any time – making it convenient for your learners. Your learner may have to miss a classroom training session, but thanks to digital modules, there is no need for them to catch this up in a classroom session. Thus, you can be sure that each course with reach your learners.
Up to Date Data
One of the greatest problems with traditional learning is how rigid it is. eLearning now allows us to seamlessly control all learning content.
With a learner management system (LMS) in place, you can quickly update any course, or create brand new ones – making modifications instantly!
How to Begin with Blended Learning
Implementing blended learning into your training program will only create positivity with your learners. You should begin by doing an in-depth analysis of your learning requirements and understand the results your existing classroom training course is providing.
You can there invest in a learning partner who understands your needs, and who can create online modules best suited to your training requirements.
It is time to embrace the technological revolution today!
Contact Masterskill for more information about blended learning and how it can work for you!