Implement Blended Learning Effectively Through Your LMS

Do you wish to get the best out of the classroom and online training media? Are you looking for ways to implement blended learning in your organization to maximize the ROI on training?

Many organizations are blending the traditional instructor-led methodology of training with eLearning. A well-formulated, effective blend of training formats helps companies provide a high degree of flexibility to learners. The learners can be better involved through various types of instructional material. Blended learning helps the trainer to evaluate the learner trends and proceed accordingly. It helps firms to reap the advantages of the online learning medium, while retaining the “human touch” in their training programs.

So, we see that blending various forms of training is highly beneficial. But, what does it take to implement blended learning efficiently? Well, you can make use of your Learning Management System (LMS) to deliver first-rate training through blended learning. Let us see how.

Process of providing excellent training through blended learning, using an LMS

You can harness the power of your LMS to impart top-notch training through blended learning by following the 6 steps mentioned below.

  1. Create an effective plan
  2. Evaluate your existing IT infrastructure
  3. Convince all people concerned
  4. Analyze the capabilities of your LMS
  5. Develop and/or utilize a wide variety of learning resources
  6. Solicit feedback to improve the training

1. Create an effective plan

It is well-said that failing to plan is planning to fail. You need to plan well, in order to unleash the blended learning potential of your LMS. It is very important to review the training strategies you are using and would like to adopt in the future. You need to ask three important questions before you proceed further.

Create an effective plan

They are:

  • What are your learning needs?
  • What are the various formats of training (online/ILT/collaborative/informal) that can be used to meet these learning needs?
  • What are the various options through which the online component of the blend (web-based/ mobile learning) can be utilized efficiently?

The right answers to these questions go a long way in ensuring that your training reaches a wider audience, with varied learning styles, in a quick and cost-effective manner.

2. Evaluate your existing IT infrastructure

Once you formulate a plan to implement blended learning through your LMS, you need to assess your existing IT infrastructure to make sure that your learning initiative proceeds in a hassle-free manner. You need to be in touch with your IT team and understand the hardware and software tools they use. Ask them about their plans for IT rollouts and try to align your training programs with the technology they use in a systematic manner.

Evaluate your existing IT infrastructure

It is very important to see that your learners can access your LMS, whenever needed. It is a good idea to involve the LMS vendor in the implementation of the learning initiative.

3. Convince all people concerned

The next step and often the most difficult is convincing the stakeholders about the utility and benefits of using your LMS to implement blended learning. It is essential to identify all those concerned with the initiative – top management, IT staff, trainers and learners. You need to explain how this initiative can benefit them and the company. Give a patient hearing to their demands and expectations.

Convince all people concerned

Stakeholders often agree to your proposals when they are able to understand the problems being encountered in imparting blended learning and how an LMS would be able to resolve them. It is advisable to launch a pilot blended learning program, so that your people have a firsthand feel of it. It is very important to ensure that you provide timely and proper support to make your initiative a grand success.

4. Analyze the capabilities of your LMS

It is necessary to conduct a thorough analysis of the features of your LMS to understand how they can be utilized to implement the blended learning. You need to experiment with various technologies, one at a time and measure its usefulness.

Analyze the capabilities of your LMS

It is essential to see that the LMS allows you to deliver training through physical and virtual classrooms and eLearning. You also need to bear in mind that mobile and collaborative learning are used extensively. So, it is important that these are supported by your LMS.

5. Develop and/or utilize a wide variety of learning resources

A major benefit of using an LMS is that you can utilize a wide variety of training media. You can enable your learners to access FAQs, ‘help documentation’, videos and so on, anytime, anywhere. You can also provide recorded lectures, tutorials and guides to your people in the course of or after the training to facilitate reinforcement of learning and effective application on the job.

Develop and/or utilize a wide variety of learning resources

You may utilize existing training resources or need to develop new ones to complement the blended learning programs. It is better to plan ahead to prevent loss of precious time.

6. Solicit feedback to improve the training

It is very important to gather feedback from your stakeholders to enhance the quality of your blended learning program. Ask your learners whether they have faced any difficulties in accessing the LMS and to provide suggestions for improvement.

Solicit feedback to improve the training

Likewise, you need to ascertain from the trainers and LMS administrators whether they have faced any issues in using the LMS. Proper feedback from the stakeholders helps you evaluate the effectiveness of the blended learning programs and make them better.

It is important to formulate a good plan to implement blended learning through your LMS. You need to evaluate the IT infrastructure and convince all stakeholders of the importance and benefits of using your LMS to deliver blended learning. You also need to analyze the capabilities of your LMS and use a wide variety of learning materials. It is also essential to gather feedback effectively to improve the quality of the training programs.

Hope you find this article useful. How do you implement blended learning in your organization? Do share your experiences. We would love to hear them.

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