Blended learning is increasingly a core part of enhanced training and can be a great solution for facilitating process improvement strategies. Research shows that with the right practices, blended learning helps improve learning. But there are essential principles every blended learning course should include. Here are five core principles to explore.
1. Great Self-Paced Learning
Great self-paced learning is at the core of process improvements that leverage blended learning solutions. This calls for going beyond repurposing PowerPoint content by creating content that is unique, engaging and relevant. It culminates elements crucial to the process of learning, such as knowledge checks, visuals, engaging videos and tests.
If we are highlighting the ability to be self-paced, this might be a good opportunity to talk about bookmarking and how e-learning does not have to be a disruptor to your work day. Pick up where you left off and don’t feel rushed to complete a module in one sitting if a workday gets busy.
2. Integrated Class Materials
To improve processes, you have to have the tools on hand that facilitate learning. You can implement a blended learning approach when you integrate class materials. However, it's critical to ensure the class materials you use foster efficiency, productivity and focus. That means leaving out redundant content that is already available in your e-learning. Instead, aim to have learners apply what they've learned from the e-learning in class. When your students are equipped with a solid foundation of knowledge, your instructors can better support in-class activities for process improvement learning, including simulations, hands-on applications, project work and practical exercises.
3. Clear Instructor Expectations
A well-prepared instructor is crucial to the success of your module. Without the essential training for blended learning, instructors won't be able to provide the support that your audience of learners needs. So, it's critical to provide solid training for blended learning. This includes ensuring that these instructors take the same e-learning that students are utilizing. It's essential for instructors to embrace this modern model of learning and take on roles that require supporting and consulting students, including being there for students as a mentor, guide or coach. Instructors should have the expectations of also being accountable for performance and leveraging the feedback and information that can help their students improve.
4. Proper Student Expectations
It's critical for each e-learner to stay on schedule, but it requires that they buy into this school of thought and a commitment of showing up to class with pre-requisite e-Modules completed. Blended learning doesn't allow for last-minute cramming. Instead, responsibility and accountability are now essential and expected of student e-learners. With e-learning, students are able to gain a basic level of understanding of concepts that will be explored in depth during class.
5. Blended Learning Powered by Technology
Technology provides an important platform for leaders to measure the effectiveness of their programs in real-time. To get this done, instructors can automate e-learning activities, such as organization, class management, electronic class material distribution and administrative surveys. With a highly intuitive deployment system, monitoring student progress and supporting collaboration is simple.
Today, blended learning is instrumental in supporting process improvement. By understanding the core principles that comprise blended learning, you can support process improvement initiatives effectively in your organization.