Key Trends You May Have Missed About Blended Learning
Blended Learning is transforming the learning and development scene, encouraging aspirants to pursue their academic interests in a self-paced manner, adopting learning styles and timetables that best suit them. This model of education that blends classroom and digital learning has been particularly effective in delivering Corporate Training focused on addressing the learning needs of people employed in regular jobs.
Corporate Training is aimed at enhancing the subject knowledge and skills of employed adults. While many such training programs employ blended learning, they often fail to harness the combined potential of digital courses and face-to-face sessions in improving the learning experience of the trainees enrolled for these programs.
Here are few popular and successful blended learning trends that you can adopt for your next training schedule.
- Outcome based blended learning
For training sessions to be of value, it is important that they have a well-defined learning outcome. Training programs designed specifically for a target audience expecting to achieve a stated level of proficiency in a given skill/technology/task are bound to be more successful than standard content-based, instructor-driven sessions. An optimal mix of digital content in text / audio-visual formats, combined with classroom sessions for discussions or workshops/lab sessions to master practical applications of concepts is not only more meaningful and engaging but quite useful in real-time as well, preparing the employee for new challenges at work.
- Blended learning for career progression / succession
Bridging skill gaps or training workforce to keep pace with developments at industry level/technology is a norm most companies follow. Organizations can also make use of blended learning programs to prepare talented and qualified employees for next level of their careers. Exceptional performers identified to move higher up in organizational hierarchy must be fully trained to take on challenges of their future roles. Be it technology, industry best practices or the necessary soft skills needed for the role, blended learning proves ideal as the trainees can take the time needed to master the role-specific skills and knowledge in a comfortable manner, testing their prowess on the job and gaining full confidence before stepping into their superior’s shoes.
- Blended learning Integrated with LMS
Companies can make best use of their Learning Management Systems to organize in-house blended learning programs as it enables them to manage the training schedule quite efficiently and track progress closely as well.
Right from drawing up a time-table for classroom lessons and passing it on to the participants, offering online access to training material, accepting and evaluating online tests and assignments, facilitating social media exchanges among training groups and gauging the trainee performance and effectiveness of the program itself are but a few benefits of using LMS for hybrid learning.
- Blended learning for professional certifications
Acquiring proficiency in a subject of interest is mandatory to get professional certification. Advanced courses in Information Technology, Finance, HR or any other field for that matter require trainees to hone theoretical and practical knowledge needed to clear the examinations/presentations or group discussions in order to earn the coveted certification. Digital content and real-time classes go hand in hand to effectively reinforce the learning. Live sessions are ideal to catch up on complex concepts, discussions and doubt clarifications, interacting with the instructor and fellow trainees, while online training material serves to build on the basic understanding gained in class in a self-paced manner. Digital learning resources also help brush up on pre-requisite concepts that are necessary for the certification as well.
- Blended learning for leadership
Not everyone is born to lead, however as your employees progress through the ranks of the organization, it is important for them to hone the necessary soft skills to head one or more teams / departments or even regional offices depending on their roles. While employees chosen for training must have that innate spark of leadership and the enthusiasm/capabilities to keep pace with developments in the competitive business environment, instilling or fining tuning their skills to better handle role related challenges is best achieved using LMS Corporate Training programs based on outcome-based blended learning.
Communication and presentation skills, team building, project management, problem solving and nuances of negotiations, conflict resolution and analytical capabilities are but some of the key areas of leadership training that can happen using an optimal mix of conceptual and practical training. Blended learning allows the time needed to practice and master these skills on the job, understanding how best they can be applied in real-time.
Blending learning strives to bring learning right into the comfort zone of the learner, be it homes or offices, making it easy pursue learning without the boundaries of time or location, except for live sessions. Keeping pace with learning trends will help you make the best of this model of education to deliver corporate training in an effective manner.
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