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Appropriate blend for your learning solutions!

“Blended learning” or “Hybrid learning” is a term used to describe courses that combine face-to-face classroom instructions with online learning. Significant parts of a blended course are delivered online and other more complicated parts that would require an instructor’s aid are delivered in a classroom (physical or virtual). This sort of an approach lets the learner avail the flexibility of internet, while retaining the benefits of a classroom environment.

Although a blended approach might look like a perfect cross between traditional training and online training, it’s important to get the right blend.

There are a few things to analyze before working out the right portfolio of media to deliver your course.

Logistics: Logistics is a major criterion that will influence the deployment method of your course. You need to take in account the location of your audience, the time available to them and the travelling involved. The share of your course content delivered online and delivered in classroom (physical or virtual) is decided by these logistical factors. For instance, if you have a large widespread audience requiring training on your latest product, you are better off having majority of content online and using webinars or teleconferences to deploy the ILT content.

Content: Then you need to analyze your content. There a lot of questions you need to answer while doing this. Questions like, is your content going to inform, develop skills or create competencies? What is the shelf life of your content? How often will it need to be updated? Where are you going to get the content from? What kind of SMEs (Subject Matter Experts) will you require? And how much time will developing this content require? Your ends need to justify the means. For example, if you need to train your financial professionals on the global change in accounting practices, a complex simulation based solution would be justifiable. But if you were to train your sales personnel on the features of your new product, a series of job aids and a conference call will do the trick.

Assessment: Finally you need to figure out your assessment requirements. There can be numerous ways to assess through endless rubrics. The depth of the assessment will be decided by your objective of training. For example, if you need to train your tech support team on effectively troubleshooting issues, you would need a more comprehensive assessment than in the case of training your end users.

This analysis will give you a detailed insight on your learning problems and guide you towards choosing the appropriate blend for the solution. There is nothing like a perfect blended approach. Each media type has its own strengths and weaknesses. It is up to the requirements of your business problems to pick the right one.

STAM has a decade's experience in helping global companies with their Web Based product training strategies and investments, please contact us for your product training requirements.
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