A lot more companies today are gradually adapting to blended learning for corporate training, away from traditional learning courses. This is because of the increase in mobility of workforce and the cost saving benefits that blended learning has to offer.
The staff at various organisations have been given access to self-paced learning platforms in order to stay updated about the new services and products that are on the offering as part of their training routine. Several companies are following suit and are more accepting of web based training and higher interoperability of different systems within an organization. When done right, blended learning can decrease costs and increase performance.
The cost of conducting classes is way lesser because the content can be updated easily without the need for physical large classrooms. Here are some glaring benefits of blended learning for corporate training that are hard to ignore:
- Improved ROI and training expenses: Creating training content can be time consuming – online or offline. When it comes to blended learning, every time the course is accessed, the ROI of the company improves. Companies make the savings through reduced travelling of workforce/trainers. For ex. Ernst & Young reduced its training cost by a good 35% while increasing its scalability and consistency. Around 2900 hours of training within classroom was reduced to 700 hours of web based learning. In some cases 500 hours of class room training was decreased to 200 hours of blended training.
- Access real time: Real time training is certainly needed but this requires an extra effort of fitting training sessions into time slots based on participants’ availability. Some may drop out; some may have other work commitments that take priority etc. Live training events will need all participants to schedule their timings to suit them. But with blended learning, the course can be accessed anytime from anywhere. This can even happen with no internet access – through smart phones and tablets.
- Consistency: A lot of companies have training partners who provide training on various technologies to help the inhouse L&D team. The partners could travel and carry out sessions on the same topics in various offices and branches of the same organization. In such cases, blended leaning gives greater guarantee for standardized process with consistency in the content delivered. This way, everyone being on the same page is easy.
- Better retention: Blended learning is a balanced combination of instructor lead training online and multimedia training that gives participants a rich training experience that is mostly repeatable. One can add good practical sessions, feedback from trainers, tests, assignment, social interaction between course participants and this can create a wholesome experience that allows for better retention.
- Trainees have more control: The participants have control over their pace. They need not go at the same pace as the fastest learner or the slowest learner. A lot of times, issues raised in class may be easily understandable by the majority of the participants or may not even be relevant to others thereby causing delay that can be avoided.
While the environment in classrooms is certainly great, it limits the access of interaction and environment of learning to just that single session and to a single group of people. With blended learning though, the course reaches way more people, regardless of location. This also brings with it, ongoing conversations even after sessions are done. IIHT has been a pioneer in creating blended learning courses customizable to the needs of its clients. For more, log on to ELS.