Create a Dream Team With Blended Learning Approach

By Pratheeksha Mani

June 26, 2022

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High-performing employees translate to a high-performing organization.

Blended learning has been in practice for a couple of years now; however, the pandemic accelerated its adoption into the very fabric of the corporate world.

The flexibility it offers to trainers and trainees helps not only in improving accessibility to a course but also makes the course easier to retain and recall in the long run. In fact, the benefits that blended learning has bestowed upon the corporates have had a marked impact in helping companies build more productive, competent, and capable teams.

Even though the pandemic is now in its receding phases, the digital adoption of learning that it has left behind has more or less normalized. Out of all the businesses that adopted blended learning, only 30% plan to return to in-person sessions and retain the option of eLearning for those who need it.

Let’s see how blended learning can help your business create a dream team by equipping you with the tools you need to build core competencies in your staff.

The Blended Learning Landscape

The blended learning approach towards corporate training is rapidly gaining momentum because of the benefits it delivers to companies. A research report published by Technavio revealed that the market for blended learning solutions is growing at a compounded annual growth rate of 12.68%. It is estimated that the market value of this segment will increase to $27.89 billion by the end of 2025.

Two inferences can be drawn from these numbers:

  1. Blended learning does provide measurable learning benefits to participants
  2. More and more companies worldwide are adopting this approach toward building core competencies in their employees

But what benefits does it have for your organization?

Research establishes that blended learning helps you devise a pedagogy that combines traditional instruction with modern technology, creating an agile, flexible means of lesson delivery that is easily comprehensible and “learnable” for employees.

Let’s get familiar with a few ways that a blended learning approach can help you create your dream team by building core competencies.

Honing Core Competencies Using Blended Learning

There are 5 key ways that blended learning helps your employees learn, assess, and apply their knowledge of training sessions to real-world problems.

Learning

Boost In-Session Engagement

Blended learning is an approach to lesson delivery that combines instruction and technology in a way that is highly engaging for a trainee to watch and follow. The interactive modules encourage explorative methodologies to deliver training.

Furthermore, the primary focus of this approach is to make the lesson more accessible for the trainee. Whether they wish to participate in person or learn online is completely their individual choice.

By giving your trainees the option to choose, you are boosting engagement and, in turn, competence through learning the course.

Boost Effectiveness

High trainee engagement in any course automatically improves the course’s effectiveness. A driven, interested trainee is bound to take away more learning than a disengaged one.

Blended learning drastically improves the digestibility of a course by reducing dependence on the instructor by making learning digital. The learners are more independent in selecting modules and revisiting a lesson as they see fit.

Additionally, it also helps the instructors manage their training sessions when a large group or many large groups need to be simultaneously addressed. Digital tools today make it possible to address a large audience without needing physical space to house everyone.

Assessment

Availability of Analytics

Physical training sessions, although personally interactive and participative in nature, lack the basic requirement of delivering efficacy metrics to the instructor. Some trainees may be good learners; others may be a bit slow. This challenge can easily be overcome by adopting the blended learning approach that helps all your employees advance through training at the same pace while ensuring the slow learners get the opportunity to catch up.

Technology allows for advanced analytics tracking that helps instructors see each trainee’s progress in quantitative terms, giving them a good idea of where a trainee is facing problems or needs attention. This approach toward building the core competencies of an employee is faster and more effective.

Application

Communication

In-person training sessions are timed and provide limited opportunities for trainees to interact with instructors. Blended learning changes this by providing a private, secure channel of dedicated communication with the trainers that session participants can leverage to gain deeper insights on the subject through direct communication.

It is also effective in helping the trainees understand the effective application of the learnings they gleaned during the session or in troubleshooting a real-world problem that training can potentially help.

Closing Notes

Blended learning combines the best of both worlds – physical training and eLearning. Giving your employees the flexibility to choose how and where to learn improves their capacity to absorb, assimilate and recall the lessons quicker, and apply them to work much easier.

Have you thought of a way to incorporate blended learning into your training regime yet? AntWalk helps you get there with our tailored blended learning programs, helping your organization extract the latent core competencies of your employees in the most effective ways possible.

Pratheeksha Mani

Having a background in both Commerce and English Literature, Pratheeksha enjoys writing on a wide variety of subjects ranging from marketing to lit-blogs. Besides writing, she loves dwelling deep in the areas of existentialism and psychological realism.

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