Blended Learning is considered one of the most powerful learning methods of workplace education by experts today. It combines several aspects of digital media and traditional learning ways to deliver an engaging and effective solution for employees. It is touted as the future – with a lot more aspects like augmented reality added to it. There are no second thoughts to blended learning being the future. Here are a few reasons why blended learning is definitely the future of corporate learning:
- It is way more efficient: When instructors are able to incorporate digital solutions into teaching programs then they have a lot more tools in their arsenal. They have not just educational firepower but also have efficient platform for work like Learning Management Systems. Slow learners always hold back the pace of the class in a traditional learning environment. One would need to spend more time in educating the few while the quick learners are at a disadvantage, being made to wait. Blended learning though allows one to customize the experience so that those who are faster can finish parts of the training while the others are catching up.
- Personalized Experience: The traditional learning models can’t really be personalized too much. The old school method has a one-style-fits-all kind of methodology. This is why some students find it tough to fit in and learn effectively. Blended learning allows employees by serving content which is optimized for individual learners. Some students may learn better with power point presentations, some learn better with interactions with the instructor, while some learn best with lone reading of documents and listening to audio. This is another place where blended learning wins!
- Employees of most organizations are already used to learning online: Today, the workforce of any organization has spent a good decade learning mostly online. Employees usually Google their tech issues, ask questions in online forums, write to experts online, watch videos of solutions or read up some online PDF for solutions. Blended learning can capitalize on this by delivering content in a way that the employees are already used to. This familiarity also prevents boredom from creeping in.
- It saves money: When it comes to traditional methods of learning, a lot of expenses are involved. Employers would need to spend money on renting classrooms with appropriate infrastructure. Trainers and sometimes even employees from other branches across the world need to be flown in and accommodated at the place of training. Updating of training material can also be an expensive exercise. Blended Learning solves every one of these issues. Employees can simply get trained from their work desk!
- It’s flexible: Flexibility is certainly not an attribute of traditional learning. One cannot attend the same class again for reference or if they need extra help with a certain concept. In blended learning though, the incorporation of a variety of multimedia allows students to go back and refer any part of the course and go through it again at their pace enabling them to understand the subject better. The variety of multimedia options also allows the learners to approach the same topic from other angles, which helps increase recall value.
- Easy to track: Traditional learning methods allows for managers to track the learning of employees but in a blended learning environment, tools are available to track specifics like:
- Coding logic
- Reading comprehension/communication
- Time taken for employees to send in solutions for specific problems
- Coding skills
- Problem solving tactics
- Project management skills
- Team management skills
And more. Tracking here is also instantaneous and live. These tracking tools also have an impact on the engagement of the learning employees.
The nature of work is undergoing a constant change and while we continue to integrate more tech solutions into organizations, it is crucial the training methods also are updated and relevant to modern times. Blended Learning will also evolve from its current stage, and if we are not caught up now, catching up to advanced blended learning methods will certainly be tough.