Benefit of Blended Learning Solutions
Research conducted by Taylor Mason Training on adult learning styles, has shown that a combination of public or in-house courses with review sessions which occur at least two weeks after the initial session and on-line review courses in between training, is the most effective method for workplace courses and training. In addition, it is important to provide a variety of learning models in each public and in-house course, since the on-line review sessions are not as flexible regarding teaching styles.
For public and in-house courses, the instructors must be prepared with teaching methods that include multimedia, such as PowerPoint presentations with both audio and visual elements. They must also include interpersonal, interactive, observational, small group and large group activities and discussions; rotating these appropriately for the time frames and topics to be covered.
No one activity should last for longer than 20 – 30 minutes, especially in a course that lasts less than 4 hours and no one style should be dominant for more than half of any course. This approach to teaching adults, who always have multiple learning styles, also works well when some of the learners are English-as-a-Foreign-Language speakers (EFLs), since relying less on text and more on other modes allows these EFLs to “catch up” to the native English speakers.
When well-written, self-monitoring, online review training is provided, these are the best opportunities for both instructors and the professional students to check their progress, capture their weak areas and then have options to select the exact pieces each student needs to review more thoroughly. Remember these types of questions: If you marked “A,” You’re Right! Proceed to the next question. If you marked any other answer, return to previous page and click on “review this topic further” for more instruction. This “programmed learning,” which originated in the 1960’s, has become quite sophisticated as assessment questions and online review activities can be precisely targeted for individual students’ learning needs.
Chris Chapman, training manager from Taylor Mason Training says:
“Based on the feedback received from both our clients and delegates combining classroom, e-learning and a follow up session as a total training solution has proven hugely successful. Enabling learners to fully embedd and utilise the training in a live environment far quicker than before. The approach has also resulted in higher satisfaction scores (kirkpatrick level 1 evaluation) across all delegates.”
Be wary of any professional organisations that promise great outcomes but provide limited learning opportunities for your employees. To get value for your investment, demand the variety and rotation of learning styles and teaching methods that research has proven is most effective for professional courses and training.