Growing up, I loved watching late night infomercials. They were always so cheesy and I couldn’t help but wonder who would actually make those 3 easy payments of $49.95 to get the wacky and superfluous gadget or gizmo that was offering a freebie if you ordered within the hour. All except for one – The Blendtec.
The Blendtec was an anomaly and their marketing campaign was fantastic. If you haven’t seen it, I recommend you get out from under your rock and check it out. Today, we are throwing an employee learning program into the blender.
Will it blend? That is the question.
But first, what is blended learning? A blended learning program delivers content and instruction through a mix of in-person, or classroom-based learning, and online and digital learning. It allows users to progress at their own pace and dig deeper through asynchronous modules while providing real-time support from an instructor during synchronous sessions.
There are 4 things to consider when designing a blended learning program:
What are your learning objectives?
The first step to designing a blended learning program is to identify your learning goals and objectives. Make sure your learning objectives are aligned with business goals to measure the impact on bottom-line results.
What is better suited for in-person practice. Is your learning more knowledge or application of knowledge?
Decide what aspects of your program would be best suited for experiential sessions, and where you would benefit from providing asynchronous learning support. In-person training is generally best spent on role-playing, practicing application of new knowledge and simulations. Whereas, the online material gives learners agency. Elearning allows your employees to learn at their own pace and spend more time on the concepts they need extra time with such as product ingredients or use cases.
How can pre-work enrich time spent in-person training?
Use elearning to teach foundational concepts to allow your employees to have a solid baseline knowledge. By bringing everyone to the same level, you can make better use of the time spent with an instructor, teacher, or more knowledgeable other.
How can you better support your employee learning needs and styles?
Take a moment to reflect on other ways you can support your employees to be successful. Elearning is an effective medium because it appeals to all learning styles, and it gives learners agency to progress at their own pace. Consider building a flexible online learning resource library and giving employees ongoing training post in-person sessions to help them refresh their knowledge and stay on top of best practices.
Wondering if your currently learning program can benefit from a blended approach? Get in touch with us and we will come and facilitate a session for you for free.
To see how we’ve helped other companies create a blended approach to learning, see our Earls Elearning Journey.
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