‘Old is gold’ or ‘New is always better’?
Let’s go ahead and debunk 6 such myths.6 Common Myths about Blended LearningILT + eLearning = blended learningIt costs more than classroom trainingIt’s just a steppingstone from ILT to eLearningRole of instructors and facilitators becomes superfluousILT is the only facet of offline learningYour employees need to be tech savvy for blended learning to workDebunking 6 Common Myths around Blended LearningMyth #1: ILT + eLearning = Blended LearningBlending learning doesn’t mean having a few classroom sessions followed by a few eLearning courses or vice-versa.
There are many ways of delivering both online and offline training, depending on the learning requirement.You can start with introductory ILT sessions and follow them with eLearning modules to provide in- depth information.You can start with an eLearning pre-assessment and continue with classroom sessions.You can include job shadowing, mentoring, peer coaching, as well as workshops, seminars, and webinars in your blended training programs.You can deliver the entire training in the classroom and provide job-aids through mobile apps for performance support.You can mix and match any format of online and offline learning and come up with a new cocktail of blended learning.
But if you factor in the cost of the venue, traveling and lodging, food, and loss of production time when employees are in training, and the necessity of doing this over and over again every few months, you might want to reconsider your options.
The best thing about blended learning is that it’s an inexpensive way of training your global workforce who can all access the same training from wherever they are, whenever they need.Myth #3: It’s Just a Steppingstone from ILT to eLearningTransitioning your entire training program from ILT to eLearning can be a challenge, and blended learning can help make the process easier as employees can get acclimatized to online training.
But if you include a classroom role-playing session where learners collaborate and learn the art of selling, the training will effectively address both requirements.The fundamental principle behind a blended learning solution is to recognize the best learning format that will provide complete and effective training.Myth #4: There is NO Role for Instructors and Facilitators in Blended LearningNothing can be farther from the truth than the assumption that instructors are not important in a blended learning program.