A plan for blended learning success

By Susan Dumas | April 10, 2018 | 0

 

We work closely with our clients when they first start using a new learning platform. It is a guided process of implementation with us leading the way for best practice adoption. We've done this for many clients including Success stories with eir, IDE Group, Fexco, Aurthur Cox and more. This six part blog series will take you through this implementation process and let you see first hand how we guide clients to success. 

Blended learning success - journey starts here!

 

Where do you start with bringing in eLearning for the first time and what 
do you do with a new LMS or learning platform? 

 

The pressure is on. L&D teams are being asked to deliver more, with less resources and a reduced budget. Training days rarely include a lovely lunch, multiple coffee breaks and a guaranteed early finish. In casual dress. Day to day learning programmes continue to be delivered – induction programmes, compliance modules, health and safety training, internal systems training and technical programmes. Staff development plans continue to be rolled out.

Blended learning efficiency

 

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Why blended learning?

It is getting harder to get people to commit to a classroom training course. Even when someone commits - accepts the calendar invite, engages with the coordinator - this does not guarantee that they will turn up on the day. Business pressures, operational emergencies, calls that go on unexpectedly – there are many reasons why the training is missed.

Outside of the workplace, we are immersed in a easy come, easy go, on-demand learning culture. Knowledge is accessible and everywhere. If we want to learn how to do something new - from cooking to learning a language, there is surely an app to download, a blog to read, and/or a video to watch. We take the knowledge and use it immediately. If we need to check back on something, we know where to find it and review it quickly to find what we need. We binge watch, we push ourselves - life in 2018 is rarely passive. We want it - we order it. The competition for our attention span is high. If we don’t like what we see we move onto the next thing. And then we go to work and sit in a classroom for 6 hours in a passive stance and are expected to learn.

 

Percipio is the kind of modern learning platform that supports
on-demand learning - take a closer look

 

Blended learning for impact, flexibility and efficiency

On the job training is essential in many organisations and it is certain that collaborative learning can be effective, engaging and a bonding experience. Colleagues learn, as they work and no one is required to be away from their desks for long periods. ‘Sitting next to Nelly’. But what if Nelly isn’t very good at what she does? What if she was out the day she was supposed to learn the new process? What if Nelly doesn’t care very much? It can work but it can take a lot longer to for someone to get up to speed on everything that they need to do and there is limited independent learning and support available to them.

 

So how can L&D delver the ideal blended learning experience?

The answer can be with the development of a digital learning culture

 

A digital learning culture is one where learning, both formal and informal is accessible, flexible, encouraged, discussed and shared. Learning can be both in groups or self-directed. It does not in any way dismiss classroom training. This is about expanding the range of learning; improving and enhancing all learning offerings and developing a suite of digital learning options which will meet the learning needs of the organisation as well as the learning needs of the staff. Digital learning includes:

  • Flexible self-paced eLearning modules accessible from multi devices to allow for mobile learning
  • Online learning resources such as quick reference guides
  • How-to videos
  • Microlearning modules
  • Virtual classroom offerings
  • Blended learning programmes, including a mix of traditional classroom deliveries, ‘flipped classroom’ deliveries and virtual training blended with self-paced independent learning and assessments
  • Links to external sources for information through briefing tools for example Anders Pink
  • Curated eBooks
  • Collaborative on line learning communities
  • Accessible support network for questions and follow up queries following training for on the job performance support

Blended learning success - begin with the end in mind

The content must be easily accessible, well curated, relevant and up to date. User experience is key. Learner expectations are exceptionally high and must be met to engage and motivate the learners. An investment in digital learning can be seen as an investment in staff.

Where does the journey to digital learning success start? At the very end!

The hardest part of this journey can be agreeing within your organisation where you want to be at the end of it! How do you want people to learn within your organisation by, for example, the end of this year? Once that destination has been agreed a strategy can be put in place to get there. Logicearth will partner with you to ensure that you reach your destination.

Based on a comprehensive analysis of your existing training we will develop a strategy which will lead to the development and deployment of as much or as little digital content as your organisation needs. This plan will include recommendations on:

  • Content
  • Tools
  • Technologies
  • Infrastructure
  • Implementation
  • Communications
  • Change management

 

In part 2/6 of this blog series, we'll look at how you work with internal stakeholders, such as IT and HR teams to make sure your blended learning programme is set up for success.

Blended learning success = L&D transformation

In the meantime, take a look at our blended learning Success stories with FEXCO and eir to see how we helped to transform L&D in their organisations.

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Susan Dumas

About Susan Dumas

Susan is a Senior learning consultant, specialising in helping clients to navigate the options and to make the most of digital learning opportunities. Susan has 10+ years of experience in training needs analysis, managing global training projects and virtual training delivery.