Blended learning: what will your time investment yield?
An often-mentioned obstacle to getting started with blended learning is a lack of time. Doesn’t it take ages to implement the new environment and familiarize yourself with it? And is this investment ultimately worth your time? In this blog, we’ll answer your most burning time-related questions about blended learning.
Time is money... will you earn back your investment?
First things first: initially, blended learning will take some time. You’ll need to familiarize yourself with the environment and incorporate materials. Of course, you’ll only invest such an amount of time when you’re convinced you’ll get something in return: time, money, a better quality of training and/or more learning efficiency. Blended learning offers a favorable prospect: it creates more value, and once you start using the environment, you will more than recover the investment. If you go about it the right way, [https://www.learningstone.com/en/blog/740586/how-difficult-or-simple-is-blended-learning-really], your investment in blended learning will pay off.
Investing time to gain time: do the math
First of all, a trainer should set up a blended learning environment and familiarize himself with it. Then, participants will need some time to get used to it. But this initial time investment will ultimately save time. For example, the trainer and participants will require less time to travel to live meetings. Moreover, the training will become much more effective: from the comfort of their own home or workplace, participants can read more about their fellow students and trainer, and they can explore training materials in advance. Additionally, everyone can introduce themselves. This allows you to maximize your time at live meetings and immediately provide in-depth training. You won’t lose valuable time, which greatly increases the value of your training.
Keep in mind, though, that a blended learning environment will impact your schedule. Participants are now able to ask questions in between training sessions, too. Usually, this means the trainer should also be available to respond outside live meetings. He won’t have to spend more time on the training, but he should organize his time differently. Some preparatory measures can work miracles: tell participants exactly what the process will look like to manage expectations right from the outset. For example, communicate to them that you’ll answer questions every working day between four and five pm. In addition, participants can respond to each other’s questions.
In conclusion: add more value to your training!
In summary, if you’re willing to invest some time in blended learning, you’ll add more value to your training - by saving time, contributing to sustainability, and increasing learning efficiency for participants. Finally, now that your training is more effective and less location dependent, don’t forget the potential to generate much more revenue!