Traditional training can leave your learners dragging their feet all the way to the conference room. And with that kind of attitude, there’s no way that workforce learners are going to retain the lackluster slides, presentations and training videos. By the time they shuffle back to their cubicles, the new knowledge is gone. Unless, of course, you retool your strategy to include blended learning, which offers proven results for knowledge retention at work. Check the numbers and you’ll see that you can’t afford to go the old route.
Results: Blended Learning
Leading research and investment firm Thomson NETg completed a study comparing the results of traditional training versus one that combined class time and online resources. The results were anything but astounding. When compared to learners using traditional classroom-only methods of training, employees who utilized blended learning solutions learned the material 41 percent faster and – here’s the kicker – had a whopping 159 percent faster learning accuracy rate after the course.
So, what makes blended learning so much more effective than a classroom-only strategy? It’s the idea that learners aren’t just watching or hearing, but they’re doing as well. By applying the new knowledge shortly after it’s been learned, employees better retain those training principles, which means they’re more likely to put them to work once they leave the classroom.
Whether you’re thinking about re-tooling your entire strategy or you simply want to enhance your current results, giving your learners a chance to take the material home and utilize online tools can increase knowledge retention. Instead of just showing a video, for example, ask that learners watch the video autonomously and then answer discussion questions in class the next day. Or, try an online module paired with a quick in-class presentation. By affording learners an opportunity to apply their new knowledge, you increase retention – and decrease foot-dragging.