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Which flavor to adopt? – One, many or a scoop of each!

As a sequel to our previous newsletter β€œWhen to use blended learning”, this newsletter is about the different ways in which learning can be blended for product training.

Blended learning can be configured in numerous ways to meet any and every training requirement. It’s only a matter of finding the right flavour.

Consider the following configurations for your training.

E-learning as an addition
The most basic of blended learning approaches use E-learning content as addition to the ILT classroom sessions. The instructors use it as an aid rather than as a stand alone course.

The synchronous approach recreates a class environment on a virtual platform. This format requires learners to log into the session at a given time with an instructor delivering the class in real time. It can be used along with or as a substitute of classroom ILT sessions and other forms of e-learning.

The asynchronous approach does not require the audiences to be available at a given time. The course, assignments, tasks etc can be taken up by the learners online, as per their convenience.

E-learning as a primer
Self paced e-learning courseware can be used as a primer to an ILT class. This helps standardize the understanding in a group of learners, creating a base from which the instructor can pick up. This reduces the time and effort required in the ILT session.

E-learning as a summarizer
In this format, e-learning is used to summarize and build on ILT sessions. It allows material to be used as reference, or can be structured as a follow up activity, exercise or a case study, where the concepts learned in the session are to be applied. The sandwich format, with e-learning content between ILT sessions or vice versa can also be used in some cases to good advantage.

There can be many other combinations, mixing and mashing the above mentioned configurations. Synchronous with workbooks, synchronous with asynchronous, asynchronous with coaching or mentoring among many other approaches can be applied to meet a particular training requirement.

When it comes to product training, the approach of using e-learning as a primer to ILT sessions is often an appropriate format. Since a lot of the information is standardized, it helps the audience come to a common base understanding. The instructor can use the ILT time in a better way to address questions, complex scenarios, or share real life experiences.

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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