Implement Blended Learning for Effective Competency Development

ICOG - 09-Jul-2022

One of the biggest challenges facing corporate training departments is finding effective ways to develop competencies in their employees. When it comes to competency development, traditional classroom training has its limitations. Classroom training requires a significant investment in time and resources, and it can be difficult to scale as an organization grows.

Blended learning is a more efficient way to deliver corporate training programs as they are more flexible than classroom-based courses. Rather than requiring all employees attend the same time and place for face-to-face sessions, blended learning breaks up these sessions into shorter modules that learners can access when they have time. Some modules may be delivered via video or webinar, while others may require learners to complete in-person exercises or submit assignments.


What is blended learning?

The term “blended learning” refers to a method of classroom instruction that combines traditional, in-person instruction with online, digital resources. Blended learning is sometimes referred to as “hybrid” or “mixed” learning. A blended course may include online components, such as videos, interactive content and quizzes, as well as in-person sessions with an instructor or facilitator.

Blended learning has been around for decades, but it’s become more popular in recent years as the internet has helped make it easier and cheaper to access online resources. Many companies are adopting blended learning strategies because they can provide employees with more flexibility in their schedules and reduce overhead costs. 


Top 3 Benefits of Blended Learning


1. Flexibility

Blended learning allows employees to learn at their own pace and from anywhere there is an internet connection. This means that employees can complete their training when it fits into their schedule — whether that means before or after work, during lunch breaks or on weekends — instead of being locked into a set day and time each week. This also gives them more control over when they study and review material. 


2. Increased engagement 

Because employees are able to self-direct their learning process, they're more likely to feel engaged in their learning and development process than if they were forced into a set schedule by their organization. This will lead to real learning and skill development rather than just completing courses for the sake of getting them done. Concepts that are learned online can be reinforced in a physical environment. 


3. Cost savings

Organizations that implement blended learning strategies will also benefit from it as a cost-saving measure because they don't have to invest in costly physical training rooms or equipment. Organizations will also save on expenses associated with travel from sending employees to in-person sessions at a centralized location like a corporate office building or convention center.


An LXP like ICOG can help organizations implement blended learning by offering the ability to track employee progress from their online courses as well as from their in-person trainings via assessments and case study submissions. Contact us to schedule a demo experience and see how you can incorporate blended learning at your organization.


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