Corporations love classes. Walk into any corporation in America and you’ll probably find two or three classrooms full of students learning about any number of topics. If you sit in on any of these classes, you’re likely to see the same thing: an instructor teaching from a PowerPoint while learner’s eyes are glazing over.
This is not how classroom time should be spent. It should be spent with learners interacting with each other through hands-on activities and role plays. All the introductory material should be taken care of before the learner even steps foot in the classroom. And you can present this introductory material in the form of elearning.
The blended learning method is effective for many reasons, and elearning can be an extremely useful tool in increasing this effectiveness. The easiest approach to creating blending learning using elearning is this: take anything related to knowledge acquisition and convert it into elearning. Make the elearning course pre-work for the class and then take about 15 minutes of class time to review the content. This will allow you to quickly transition from discussion to the application of knowledge through hands-on activities.
Another advantage to the blended learning method is the fact that the person teaching the class no longer has to be an experienced facilitator. Since most of the presentation or lecture has been taken care of with the pre-work, the leader of the class can focus on helping with the hands-on activities. This means that someone who normally would not be comfortable teaching a class, say a subject matter expert, can confidently lead learners through scenarios by using their experience and knowledge.
Over the past few years, many corporations have started to embrace blended learning. If you’re corporation is not one of those, make a change. Look for opportunities to apply elearning to classroom training and your boss will love you for it.
For more tips, check out my book “45 Elearning Tips and Tricks” now available in the Kindle bookstore. Or if you are new to elearning and want some advice, try my other book “How to Create an E-learning Course.” It’s basically a blueprint for creating elearning courses for any industry.