It's been a while since Cognibox has promoted blended learning as an approach that facilitates optimal learning at a lower cost for companies. Indeed, we know that integrating training across production imperatives is always a headache for our clients.
The hybrid approach, combining the operational flexibility of e-learning with on-site training, represents a competitive advantage in the pursuit of optimal risk management.
Why choose blended learning?
In terms of education, the use of blended learning is a particularly interesting solution, as it combines the pedagogical effectiveness of e-learning for the transmission of basic or theoretical knowledge, while offering a practical component that guarantees the mastery of the required skills for work.
With the COVID-19 pandemic, training methods had to be adapted to the requirements of both confinement and social distancing. In this context, the hybrid approach allows limiting contacts since the theoretical part of the subject is done remotely through a digital platform, and the practical portion can be managed by limiting the number of people per group.
A two-step process for maximum retention
In a hybrid mode, the theoretical learning is evaluated prior to practical training to ensure that the notions learned during the online training are well integrated. This evaluation allows the trainer to identify gaps or theoretical elements that were less understood by the learner during the online training. The trainer can then, during the face-to-face session, correct and revise the notions.
In what context is blended learning used?
The way in which learning takes place depends on the subject matter. General information can often be presented without an instructor: take, for example, documentaries on cars shown on TV. However, learning to drive requires a practical component where the presence of an instructor is essential.
It is the same concept for blended learning. Understanding the concepts associated with the stability triangle of a forklift can be well illustrated by an animation. On the other hand, experiencing forklift driving with different loads and centers of gravity cannot be done without the presence of an experienced trainer who will guide the learner.
In summary, content transmitted through online training allows the learner to become familiar with precise terms and jargon, while the session with the trainer aims to apply practical education on the subject through practice.
Which courses are best suited for blended learning?
Many subjects lend themselves well to this learning method, including training on mobile equipment such as work platforms. For this type of equipment, the theoretical component presented in e-learning allows basic information to be absorbed. However, since regulations require practical learning, an e-learning course alone cannot meet regulatory requirements. Therefore, blended learning allows pupils to achieve results that are as good as traditional training, but quicker and at a lower cost.
Blended training also applies to subjects that require further attention depending on their degree of criticality. Take lockout, for example. E-learning training allows the learner to understand the reasons for energy control as well as the actions to be taken to control this energy. However, e-learning training will not make the learner qualified to perform an effective energy control procedure. Here, complementing the e-learning component with a face-to-face lockout course will be the only way to achieve this objective.
Blended learning: a formula for safe operations
The hybrid formula is a relevant solution for the current realities of companies, and reinforces the implementation of a risk prevention culture.
The company can schedule training in accordance with operational requirements and not only based on trainer availability, which leads to resource and time savings.
The company can choose the level of depth needed to safely perform the tasks assigned to employees, without overloading them with unnecessary concepts.
The company can efficiently allocate training budgets based on safety essentials. Modern technologies used to share knowledge make blended learning an effective alternative to traditional training.
Our training consultants can guide you in choosing the best learning options for your workforce, whether it be online, face-to-face or a hybrid method like blended learning.