In a digitised learning environment, a blended solution works best

By liamarus, 26 July, 2013

Online education specialists believe as the market continues to embrace technology and digitise the learning experience, there is an increasing need to consider the merits of combining e-learning with instructor-led training workshops.

The benefits of e-learning are well documented and decision makers understand these well, which is why there is an escalating demand for this type of learning. E-learning provides clients with a simple learning methodology that can be scaled with no geographic implications. I don't believe that e-learning is the silver bullet to all training requirements but it is definitely appropriate for environments that require:

  • Geographic scale,
  • Recurring training of the same generic content, and
  • Training which is not instructor led.

Aside from interest in the need to digitise client-owned training content into an e-learning format, there is also a focus on the relevance of an online electronic assessment solution.

It is critical to measure and report on these experiences to measure the impact of, and return on, expectation of a training experience. And the best way to distribute and collect the data is in an electronic format.

This has paved the way for learner management systems

These systems are required to host, provision, administer and report on e-learning delivery. Most systems have the functionality to manage all learning including instructor-led training. The greatest benefit for talent managers is to be able to, at the click of a button, produce a report aligned to the specifications set down by the Setas’ Annual Training Report (ATR) and that in itself is a massive time saver.

E-learning will completely dominate the market, finding application in most sized organisations, across a myriad of industries and sectors – whether for a specific intervention or a product.

My hope is that blended learning solutions become the de facto requirement.


This article by Richard Rayne first appeared on HR Pulse.

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