5 Blended Learning Benefits for Corporate Training

Blended Learning improves training costs and ROI Producing learning content is time consuming whether it’s online or not. With eLearning, each time the course is accessed a company’s ROI improves because it shares any fixed production costs by the number and frequency of uses. Companies save through decreased travel, reduced material, and hopefully enjoy improved (and more efficient) staff performance. Apparently, Ernst & Young cut its training costs by 35% while improving consistency and scalability with eLearning: they condensed about 2,900 hours of classroom training into 700 hours of web-based learning, 200 hours of distance learning and 500 hours of classroom instruction, a cut of 53%. I also spotted a very interesting press release from this global leader in professional services which highlights its commitment to developing eLearning platforms for its 100,000+ staff worldwide to access quickly and use extensive learning resources for professional development and advising clients. Consistency Many companies have their preferred training providers that they use frequently to support staff L&D. But there’s no guarantee that the courses they present are the same across all the sessions they deliver especially if the trainer travels to different branches of the same company. ELearning allows you a greater guarantee for a standardized process and consistency in the delivery of content; in short, everyone can be on the same page with what they are learning. Real-time access Been there, done that: live training is great but the HR Manager needs time to confirm all the participants’ availability and there are inevitably bound to be drop-outs because pressing work commitments may take priority. Live learning events require participants to align their schedules to the training calendar. ELearning removes all this this because the course can be accessed anytime, anywhere.  This can also happen without Internet access! It can be done on a tablet or smartphone. Greater retention eLearning’s combination of multimedia and instructional design delivers a very rich learning experience that is, most importantly, repeatable.  Add some good practice activities, feedback from the trainer and comments from other participants, and there you have it: a learning environment that’s going to help staff more likely to retain the course content and so repeat it to deliver some great results. More control to learners eLearning often gives more control to the learners in a way that classroom learning doesn’t. Learners can go at their own pace, not at the pace of the slowest or fastest member of a group in the class environment. And from my own experience, time in classrooms can sometimes be spent on issues raised, understandably, by other delegates that aren’t relevant to the other participants. References

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