How does blended learning take your training agency to the next level?
Some trainers seem to be allergic to terms such as ‘e-learning,' 'online learning,' and 'blended learning.' Although they have different meanings, they’re often considered synonyms. Because doesn’t a real trainer simply stand in front of the group? Well, not necessarily. In 2020, you really need to take a closer look at digital training options, especially if you want to innovate your training agency. Why is this the case? And what elements should you consider?
Face-to-face training: don’t eliminate, improve
Trainers have great communication skills. Traditionally, face-to-face contact is the foundation of their training courses: they stand in front of a group of participants and convey their knowledge to them in an inspired way. What if this element (partially) disappears because they have to set up an online learning environment and then moderate the group sitting at a screen? Is that up the ‘real’ trainer’s alley?
It is, if they opt for a solution that offers the best of both worlds: blended learning. Unlike e-learning and online learning, this mix of live and online meetings improves the ‘old-fashioned’ face-to-face training. Participants can study course materials in their own time, so you can use live meetings for interaction, dialogue, and in-depth discussions. Trainers who have embraced blended learning have noticed a shift in focus during live meetings – from presentation to interaction. As a result, both trainers and participants get more out of a training course.
And training agencies benefit, too, as they can present their customers with a better offer. Furthermore, they benefit from increased efficiency, lower cost, and higher revenues. Continuity is also improved: once you’ve set up a blended-learning environment, you can easily reuse it for future training courses.
Start innovating: key focus areas at a glance
Do you want to use blended learning to improve and innovate your business model? Start by answering the following questions:
- How can you provide the ideal mix between offline and online, so you’ll really improve your training?
- What blended-learning options can you choose from, and which option suits you best?
- Which requirements should a good blended-learning platform meet to support (rather than burden) trainers and participants?
- When setting up an online learning environment, which tasks can you perform indepedently and which tasks do you need help with?
Do you want to know more about a user-friendly blended-learning platform that takes your training courses to the next level? Please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’ll be happy to discuss your opportunities.