1. Learning where the Learner Is
Projects by their nature require a lot of on-site working, sometimes in extreme environments and often require commitment of time beyond the traditional working boundaries. This often restricts commitment to traditional classroom-based learning, yet, learning continues to be a very important aspect of a project manager’s development as it allows new knowledge and practises in the discipline to be gained, discussed and shared. The ability to participate in learning from your location rather than travelling allows greater diversity of participation and reduces travel and accommodation costs.
2. Greater Participation leads to more effective Learning
Due to the almost unlimited number of learners that can participate in an on-line learning session more interaction and knowledge sharing is gained. Through the blended learning platform, participants can actually share examples of their own project management work and interact and connect with colleagues in other locations. With the flexibility of a blended learning approach learning is much more viable and still allows the traditional advantages of classroom training in allowing the sharing of experiences with peers and the application of learning in an industry environment.
3.Lower costs and Scalability
In recent years, companies are looking for more return on any training investment and also looking at “doing more for less”. Blended learning addresses this aspect perfectly as it is generally as the same learning objectives are being achieved but at significantly reduced cost due to the programmes in general being less expensive and savings on travel, accommodation and venue costs. As an example, one of 20|20 clients recently switched from a traditionally run classroom based project management programme to a blended programme and reduced their spend by 75%.
4. Knowledge gained is equal or greater than face to face
Most of 20|20’s project management training is linked to a project management standard, it is therefore relatively easy to evaluate knowledge gain from different learning approaches and to determine differences in the pass-rates across different learning routes. Our results show that blended results are comparable to or better than face to face learning with respect to APM PMQ and PFQ results. Blended approaches give learners more time to absorb and internalise content and allow them to prepare for and sit exams when they are ready.