Revolutionize Workplace Training with a Blended Learning Approach

Throughout the last two years, many corporate environments have been forced to adjust to virtual environments, at least in part. Through the challenges brought about by virtual workplaces, employers and employees alike learned the power of virtual tools, too. Whether your office is trying to return to working in-person, decided to go fully remote, or settled on something in between the two extremes, the power of virtual learning tools is difficult to deny.

 

Organizations all over the world regularly train employees on new tools, updated policies, or business changes. By combining the benefits of in-person training with virtual learning opportunities, businesses can get the benefits of both and cater to the varied learning styles of diverse employee populations.

Benefits of Online Learning

The flexibility of online learning is what makes it stand out: materials can include interactive components, self-paced learning modules, and reinforce material throughout the training. Additionally, virtual learning environments allow connectivity between multiple offices or parts of the business in a way that in-person learning can’t measure up to. Online discussion boards allow global teams to connect, share experiences, and collaborate in new ways.

Benefits of In-Person Learning

Small group discussions, active engagement, and connection outside the training itself are just a few of the benefits of in-person learning in an organizational environment. Employees are able to connect with each other, network, and build relationships in a deeper way than they could in a virtual setting. In-person learning environments also help the instructor stay tuned in a bit more closely to what’s happening with the audience. It’s easier to tell if a group is confused or ready to move on when body language and facial expressions can be seen. Lastly, some people learn better when they can interact with the materials in person instead of online.

Best of Both Worlds

There are pros and cons to both virtual and in-person approaches, but the ideal blended learning experience will take the best components of each to develop a training that is unforgettable and valuable. Considering a blended global company training, the virtual aspect can have virtual keynote speakers who deliver consistent messaging across the company, online discussion boards to allow your employees to see different perspectives, and interactive material that’s easy to revisit and flip through at an independent pace. On the other hand, you can incorporate site-specific breakout rooms and exercises so everyone can still have a tailored experience and connect face-to-face. Your employees will love the use of different learning approaches, and you’ll likely notice an increase in engagement!

Transitioning to Blended Learning is Seamless

Whether your organization is more oriented towards virtual or in-person approaches, you can incorporate components of the complementing approach little by little, making it an incredibly easy transition! This could look like offering virtual materials and discussions boards to go along with a global sales meet or incorporating small-group breakout sessions with a virtual course.

 

Adding in different components or adjusting the approach a little at a time will help company leadership determine what works and what doesn’t. This will be a process of continuous improvement, but once an organization figures out what works best, we can guarantee it’ll have in-person and virtual components blended together.

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