In order to create the best learning experience, it’s vital to mix up your learning delivery methods to ensure you’re always delivering training in the most effective way possible, which is why a blended learning delivery approach is an excellent idea for your internal training offering. Let’s take a look at some simple ways you can mix up training delivery methods to achieve the most from your training.
Only Use Classroom-based Training When Needed
Classroom-based training is great and, in the past, tended to be the norm when it came to internal training. However, that tradition doesn’t mean it needs to be your default option for all the training you conduct within your business. In fact, classroom-based training can often be the less desirable option for several reasons:
- Expense: Hiring instructors to come into your business and run training sessions, perhaps multiple times to cover your entire workforce, can be costly.
- Planning: Trying to coordinate a large number of employees to attend training at the same time can be challenging, especially if they work in different teams or locations.
- Time lost: Classroom-based training requires team members to attend a large block of training in one or multiple sittings, which means time away from their regular work. If you have a large number of employees in a particular training session, it could create workload problems.
Use classroom training only when you will reap the most benefit and not as a default option. For example, training that requires demonstrations or a lot of group work to aid in understanding are cases when classroom-based training can be a good fit. It will ensure that your learners can fully immerse themselves in the training and come away with the knowledge they need to be successful.
Use E-Learning for Company-wide Training
E-learning is another delivery method you can use as part of your blended learning offering, and it’s particularly great for training that a large number of learners, even your entire company, needs to complete. This training could be learning a new piece of software, fire safety for your office building or human resources (HR)-related training that is specific to your company.
Rather than trying to schedule classroom-based sessions for company-wide training, which would be an organizational nightmare, e-learning is an easier option for you to roll out training. It also means that learners can work through the training at their own place, though you may want to set a completion deadline to ensure that everyone has completed the training by a certain date.
Use Videos to Save Time
If you have training sessions that are run by members of your internal training team or subject matter experts (SMEs) from other teams within your business, having them run the same training sessions over and over could be a drain on their time. An example could be when the same HR professionals deliver your company’s onboarding program or new hire training, as this training happens every time you hire someone new.
A good way to ensure that your learners are still receiving the tailored training they need is to record your staff members while they deliver the training and then turn it into video training. You can deliver the videos on their own or add them to your e-learning offering. This approach means your staff or SMEs don’t have schedule time away from their desk every time you need to deliver the training, but all your learners are learn the same knowledge and skills.
Offer VILT to Connect Remote Employees
If you have teams based in different offices or even different countries, virtual instructor-led training (VILT) can be a great option to deliver learning to everyone at the same time, no matter where they are based. With VILT, even though you have team members who are working remotely or in another location, they can still have the experience of attending a training session with their colleagues at the same time. It also means they can work collaboratively and ask the instructor questions in real time. VILT also saves money for your business, as you won’t have to book different instructors to run separate training sessions in all your business locations.
These tips are just some ways that you can blend training delivery methods to build a strong learning offering for your business. Not only is a blended approach great for your learners, as training won’t be boring or stagnant, but it also helps your business save time and money.