When looking at training and development within a workplace setting, there are many elements to consider such as what approach is most effective and efficient, how to target different audiences and how to maintain the consistency of content delivered.
Blended learning is one approach which is gaining popularity in workplaces as well as academic environments. The term “blended learning” is broad and its use varies based on the setting but generally speaking, “blended learning” is using a combination of online and face to face learning to teach students.
iHR offers blended learning solutions which combine face to face training and eLearning; face to face training features Workplace Reality Theatre, using actors to re-enact real life, engaging workplace scenarios with analysis and discussion led by an experienced facilitator. Participants in our full day and “practice” sessions are also provided with an opportunity to practise their skills by interacting with the actors. This helps to build confidence and embed learning.
Online training is delivered in collaboration with our production partner, World Learning Hub. Online courses incorporate Cognitive Load Theory and use 3D animation to create engaging, interactive eLearning.
In a workplace setting, the options available for training are wide ranging and each has certain advantages.
In some instances a live or face to face approach may be preferable, particularly where participants may need to ask many questions or require an increased level of interaction. One example of this is Contact Officer training where learners may prefer to practise the skills they are learning in person and ask questions about specific scenarios that the facilitator can answer with some useful knowledge and experience.
In other circumstances an online approach may be preferred, such as where the training is a “refresher” course with content the participants are already familiar with or where additional reinforcement or assessment is needed.
In some cases eLearning is also chosen for its accessibility, such as where it is difficult to get groups of participants together to train, for example, where part of the workforce is based off site, in a remote location or where employees work in various shifts.
Blended learning, when applied to a workplace setting, offers organisations flexibility in how to engage learners and deliver training in ways that are efficient and effective. The ability to customise training; adapting content to the work environment, inserting organisational policies, values and code of conduct as well as developing new modules to integrate with existing training provision, makes the blended learning approach appealing.
iHR Australia offers a range of training solutions which can be integrated into a blended learning approach. Face to face training uses our Workplace Reality Theatre methodology which features professional actors and an experienced facilitator. Online training is created in collaboration with World Learning Hub, and uses 3D animations to engage learners and demonstrate behaviours.
A range of online programs are currently available and blended learning solutions can also be customised. Working in partnership with iHR, World Learning Hub’s production team can modify existing courses or create new online content, this could include: