Everyday, managers and supervisors make critical decisions when choosing their training materials. Choices are determined by a multitude of different elements including cost, consistency, and time efficiency. Upper management has to decide the who, what, where, when and how of adult educational training. For successful implementation of a training program, it is important to make sure your content fits your worker when choosing your training materials. Taking into consideration the age, learning level, skill and previous experience of your students can make all the difference in providing an effective program. Each dollar you spend in training should result in a positive reimbursement for production output and employee productivity.
A few months ago, HSI posted a question on their blog about blended learning and classroom training and whether or not they are both equally effective. Summit has also been asked this question and has responded by offering both types of training services to offer convenient and effective training options.
What is blended learning?
The North American Council for Online Learning defines it this way:
“Blended learning means many things to many people, even within our relatively small online learning community. It is referred to as both blended and hybrid learning, with little or no difference in the meaning of the terms among most educators. In general terms, blended learning combines online delivery of educational content with the best features of classroom interaction and live instruction to personalize learning, allow thoughtful reflection, and differentiate instruction from student to student across a diverse group of learners.”
For HSI, ASHI & MEDIC First Aid’s blended learning courses, as well as Summit’s blending learning options, combine the best elements of online training with Instructor-led in-class skills sessions.
Blended learning is the perfect training solution for:
- Students who want the convenience of learning online
- Employers who need to minimize employee time away from the work station
- Training Centers seeking additional revenue by increasing student volume
Good training content is a very important asset regarding workplace safety; it affects a multitude of different elements including cost, consistency, and time efficiency. More importantly, the elements of understanding how a worker learns and quality course content are essential in your training choice. Apply adult learning studies when reviewing training programs to purchase, taking into consideration the age, learning level, skill and previous experience of your students. Understand that it is important to make sure your content fits your worker when choosing your training materials. Bottom line: make sure you evaluate your training content in depth before purchasing. The difference between a good training program and a mediocre training program can be the difference between a worker getting home to his family and a fatal injury.
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