Improving Workforce Efficiency Using Blended Learning
One of the most important things for all businesses in the modern market is to create an efficient team that can rise up to the greatest challenges. This is something that cannot be achieved with employees who are not on the level they need to be.
Today, it’s simply not enough for someone to be qualified for a certain job. This is good for starters, but as the organization needs to expand and adapt as a whole, so do the employees. It means that if you want to go forward as an organization, your employees need to work on their skills and attain new knowledge as well.
This is why businesses that are growth-focussed invest in employee training. Today, with new technologies for electronic learning, there are a lot of options for organizing employee development in your office. One of those learning methods is called blended learning.
What is blended learning?
It is a concept that combines new learning technologies and traditional learning methods of in-person teaching. A blended learning course can have students be sitting in a traditional classroom part of the time, while also being obligated to use an LMS and complete various online courses outside the classroom as per their convenience.
Additionally, some of the learning that takes place in class can also be replaced or additionally improved by various online learning courses. Simply put, students can learn about the same things both online and in a traditional classroom setting. Both of these methods are used together and they can complement each other.
To combine these two effectively, you will need adequate technology for learning. This is why it is essential to enhance your LMS with a learning record store (LRS) and embed it into your software. This solution allows you to observe all of the learning processes of all your students in one place, so you can track their progress and style of learning with ease.
Getting the best out of both methods is what blended learning is all about. A classroom setting can allow people to ask questions, discuss topics and talk about important things and reach conclusions together. On the other hand, using a learning management system individually can help students learn quickly and get the information they want on their own as per their own convenience.
Employees gain better foundational knowledge
When implemented in the right way, blended learning can give learners essential knowledge that directly helps them to perform their duties better. A traditional style of learning has its limitations and electronic learning has it’s downsides as well.
Luckily, with a blended learning method, these two can complement each other and fill in what is missing. This is how foundational knowledge can always be delivered to learners efficiently and without overlooking anything. All of the essential skills and knowledge can be delivered to employees through various online sources.
These sources include LMS, videos, websites, knowledge bases, blogs, webinars, white papers etc. On the other hand, when students get the knowledge they need, it can be discussed and improved further during class learning sessions.
Overall, this means that employees will instantly get valuable knowledge that will help them perform their jobs better not just individually but also as a group while collaborating.
A more fun way of learning
There are a lot of examples of companies implementing learning processes which only cause stress to their employees and waste their time. This creates a negative effect and instead of becoming more efficient, employees become exhausted and unable to do their work properly and stay productive.
Additionally, the amount of knowledge they acquire is minor and it doesn’t really help them improve the quality of their work. In fact, the level of tasks they are able to handle is small. Although learning is an important process, it should not follow a 100% serious and strict approach.
The element of fun and entertainment in learning processes greatly increases the engagement of learners, and this is something that simply cannot be overlooked. It also doesn’t mean that you should neglect the learning aspect. It simply means that both factors should be involved.
You can achieve this by combining both styles of learning. First of all, just providing two different types of learning can be refreshing enough to employees as when they switch in between, they will always have the enthusiasm to learn. Additionally, the material you provide them should be different and have great interaction potential.
Providing more options means more freedom, and this is how learners can show their individuality and enjoy learning on their own. Additionally, when they discuss their learning in class as a group, they can show how they overcame a problem using blending learning approach.
Better feedback means better learning
With a blended learning method, the way feedback is received is quite different. First of all, electronic learning supplemented with various learning software can allow training managers to evaluate someone’s learning performance without having to spend a lot of time in class trying to analyze how much people have progressed.
With blended learning, feedback can be prepared at home by trainers and managers and it can be presented to learners in person during class. Trainers can simply use the information from their learning management systems, generate reports and give live feedback to students so that they get a better understanding of the problem and work on it more efficiently.
This is beneficial to both students and trainers. They will both spend less time on the learning sessions, and there is much less room for miscommunication. Learners will understand where they need to improve and trainers will easily be able to assess their performance and talk to them about it.
By properly organizing blended learning and getting a learning management system that allows you to track all individuals, their learning processes, progress and patterns of learning, you will be able to create efficient individual training courses. Every student will get the most out of each learning session. At the same time, people will not feel overwhelmed or burdened by their learning courses, as they will be allowed to choose their own learning style.
Author’s Bio: Kamy Anderson is an ed-tech enthusiast with a passion for writing on emerging technologies in the areas of corporate training and education. He has 7+ years of experience working with ProProfs learning management system and other eLearning authoring tools, which has given him a hands-on experience of the latest course authoring software and an exclusive insight into the eLearning industry.