Blended Learning Improves Results
What is blended learning?
Blended learning means two forms of training have been combined to
create a more effective learning solution.
Today, the term "blended learning" usually refers to a
approach that combines online training with
traditional instructor-lead training.
How are WBT/CBT and instructor-led training combined to create a blended
Customers report that they have learners use our WBT/CBT courseware as
Part 1 of a two part formal learning experience.
- As Part 1, the WBT/CBT courseware provides the learner with a uniform
foundation in the basics for the topic and serves as a prerequisite
for Part 2.
- Part 2 of the blended learning solution is an instructor-led
application workshop tackling real on-the-job issues.
For example, if the training focus happened to be on
mistake-proofing, the trainer (instructor) would use existing data
to identify recurring problems in the learner’s work areas and
prepare a workshop intended to mistake-proof the recurring problems.
During the workshop, the learners (trainees) would be presented
with a mistake-proofing opportunity dealing with a target from their
The trainer facilitates the workshop, helping the worker
mistake-proof the target.
By the end of the workshop, the trainees have learned how to turn
a training concept into a job skill while adding value to the
operation by mistake-proofing a recurring problem!
Part 2 of the learning process doesn't necessarily need to be a
formal application workshop. Click
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learners make the connection.
In essence, the WBT/CBT courseware replaces traditional instructor-led
classroom training ending the chore of delivering the same basic
training classes over and over again. The instructor (black belt,
engineer, or quality professional) can then use their “found” time
(the time previously spent conducting classes) to actually help
learners connect theory to application by applying their new
knowledge to their jobs and improving performance.
A blended approach reduces costs and enhances the effectiveness of
By using WBT/CBT, the associated costs of a live trainer (or if the
training is conducted off site, tuition and travel costs plus and
time away from the job) can be avoided.
While the WBT/CBT courseware ensures that uniform training is
delivered to all learners, the training is self-paced, interactive,
and personalized. Additionally industry studies have shown that the
use of WBT/CBT reduces the time it takes to cover a topic and actually
improves learning retention when compared to traditional classroom
Since the application workshop is based on real job issues, not
contrived textbook studies, Part 2 of the training delivers real
According to studies conducted by the American Society of Training
and Development (ASTD), “when you allow an employee to learn at
their own pace, with technically correct and consistent training
methods (the strength of WBT/CBT), the results speak for themselves. The
retention rate is higher (25-50 %), the transfer of knowledge is
greater (applying skills on the job) which relates to job
performance improvements (15-25% improvement) and there is a
significant cost savings (as much as 45% or more).”
- Blended learning “blends” WBT/CBT and instructor-led components.
- The WBT/CBT courseware doesn't replace instructor-led training but
rather allows the instructor to move from the classroom to the shop
floor and conduct a complementary “hands-on” workshop.
- "I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I