Most organizations are looking for ways to increase the effectiveness of training while keeping costs down, and at 20|20 we believe Blended Learning is the answer. Blended learning is a buzzword frequently banded about in training circles.
Although there doesn’t seem to be one single accepted definition, It is essentially a structured opportunity to learn using more than one training method both inside and outside the classroom. This includes a variety of instructional methods, delivery methods, levels of guidance and different scheduling. This has also more increasingly involved the integration of online and traditional classroom-based learning into effective and structured learning programmes. As many studies have shown this fosters higher student engagement, increased learner retention levels, a more flexible learning environment, a positive impact on training attitudes and is more cost effective.
Study at a convenient and flexible pace
Today’s blended learning environments offer a high level of flexibility allowing students to complement existing training and study at their own pace. They also facilitate the necessary levels of interactivity amongst students, with online interactive mentoring, international discussion forums and virtual classrooms. Use of webinars allow tutors to work in a virtual face to face environment with their students to deliver specific relevant and interactive content and can also be used to enable one-to-one coaching on specific issues.
Compare this with a 100% online training course. It might be possible to cover the content of a syllabus by distance learning but the student would lack the contextual insight they get from individual and group discussions. Being a good project manager is so much more than simply passing endless exams. The insight a student can gain when interacting with a tutor who can help them apply a theoretical discussion to their own industry, is invaluable. This is especially so with more advanced training, or for courses focussing on the development of specific soft skills – leadership or negotiation for example. With a blended learning approach, the student can learn the functional and theoretical skills elements of their courses via e-learning and verify this with online assessment prior to attending any classroom training. This in turn means that they can apply their new knowledge and skills and relate them to real-life scenarios and job roles.
As training providers, 20|20’s experience of operating a blended learning approach has been that it delivers exceptional results by helping students to reinforce learning in their own time, either individually or as part of a larger group. Students are given the opportunity to reflect further on their learning and can apply it to further scenarios as part of a work based assignment, assessment or coursework. Sharing experiences is particularly relevant in project management training and 20|20 encourage this via face-to-face interaction as part of classroom based learning or via breakout rooms, forums or support groups in the online environment.
20|20’s blended learning environment is so much more than a login displaying a few slides and the download of some pdf’s, it truly integrates 20|20’s interactive and contextualised approach to learning by utilising technology to bring together the traditional approaches of face to face, interactive and collaborative learning and in a flexible, cost effective and convenient way.
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