Your business depends on skilled and motivated staff. To create a well-trained and loyal workforce, you need a comprehensive training strategy that works for everyone. Using the best elements of online learning and traditional classroom sessions, you’ll be able to appeal to the different learning preferences of your students, as well as using the best teaching tactics for individual training areas. Blended learning gives you the tools to make your training effective and engaging, but it’s vital that each element is planned thoroughly to work together well. We’ll take a look at the key areas to make your blended learning strategy a success for your business.
Knowing the “why” of your blended learning plan is key. A successful blended learning strategy needs to match your business goals with your learning development goals, so it’s essential your strategy has these at the centre. Spend time planning why you want to introduce blended learning to your company.
Has your organisation asked what needs to be learned, and what the best way to learn it would be? This is what needs to be considered in order to provide great training content and the right media mix. Once you have a clear strategy that identifies your learning goals, you need to carefully consider the content and format of your courses. Ask yourself, which aspects can be face to face, and which can be online? It’s also important to consider which aspects can be both. This enables you to create the best mix of online and traditional learning elements for your organisation.
A content inventory:
Identify quickly any existing, good content which can be used as part of your courses, and any which needs updating or creating from scratch.
A technological audit:Identify any new online learning systems or technology needed – this can include pinpointing any issues with bandwidth, access to the required broadband for your staff and using a learning management system such as Totara or Moodle for the online elements.
Blended learning offers a dynamic way to create course content by mixing different media channels such as face-to-face sessions, online learning, live streaming and group sessions. However, the media mix must be relevant to your organisation, cohort and the information being taught. Creating engaging, quality content with relevant media channels will boost your strategy and staff motivation.
There are many other factors which need to be considered when planning a blended learning strategy for your organisation, such as your company’s budget, location, availability of staff, the team’s access to technology, and the duration of the courses you’re considering. As part of the creating the right content mix, you’ll also need to consider the ratio of technology used for each element and which technology is best suited to different training aims.
Blended learning is a great way to combine face-to-face learning with digital and online content for effective, organisational training. Introducing a blended learning approach needs careful planning and the right online learning management system.
Contact us today or call us on 0330 660 1111 to discuss how we can help implement your blended learning strategy.