This post is going to cover 10 of the best blended learning tools and techniques your organization can implement today.
In fact, these tools can help to:
- Effectively train your entire organization
- Create an engaging and interactive learning environment
- Train both in-person and remote employees
- Promote collaborative learning
- Measure the effectiveness of your learning materials
- Upskill your employees
- Plus, much more...
These tools for blended learning are a solid start to properly distributing learning materials and ensuring they are working.
Blended learning tools for training success
Blended learning is simply a hybrid of classroom and online training. It can take the headache out of the scenario we just gave. And likewise, the headache of the drawbacks of a solely-based online training program. Blended learning gives you options and flexibility. So what blended learning tools are available today? How can you make the most of your blended learning training sessions?
Here are some top blended learning tools we recommend:
1. Implement an LMS
If you don’t currently use a learning management system (LMS) partner, it’s time to find a provider. LMS companies can build your training system to support both in-person training and online training. Once your system is in place, an LMS provider will help you create personalized training experiences, reduce training costs, and track employee performance/skill development. Plus, your employees will learn smarter and be more engaged during the training process.
2. Educational games
People of all ages play video games. But besides recreational fun, games are a great way to infuse your training with new life. Gamification in training is another blended learning tool to keep employees learning and remain an active participant during a training session.
There are four different types of games you can implement.
Serious game or educational games come in the form of quests or legends and are under a general theme. Some theme examples are movies, T.V. shows or casino games. Employees are divided into teams that compete against each other using their mobile devices. Everyone receives instructions on a general screen and results are given in real-time.
Audience response system (ARS)
Sitting through a classroom-led presentation can be boring. Instructors try and reach out to the audience to make it more interactive, but how many in the room really interact during a given session? Maybe five at the most?
That’s where audience response systems (ARS) can be a great blended learning tool. All employees are given a tablet during the training session with a pre-installed ARS app. The instructor then asks a general question or polls the attendees and everyone responds by typing in their answer on their tablet. Answers are calculated in real-time and then can be displayed back to the audience in a graph format. Employees stay engaged, data can be collected for future training use, and everyone leaves training feeling like their voice was heard.
FAQ cards is another great blended learning tool. They can be used as part of your training workshops in sales or customer service scenarios. What you can do is role play with your team and each card of the FAQ app can present a challenging situation. A participant would then open the card, read it, and act out the scenario given.
Since repetition has been shown to work well in memory retention, it is great to incorporate during training. Interactive poster apps are one of the blended learning tools that can solidify key messages for takeaway.
Basically, participants scan a QR code of a poster or a brochure for example. Then, they are granted access to more information on the training subject matter. Once they memorize this material, participants are then tested through quizzes on what they have learned. It’s a fun way to memorize key information through gamification.
3. Digital badges
Digital badges are another great blended learning tool to consider implementing. They can be used in a few ways. One is it can help designate one type of course from another; making it easier for employees to locate within a learning management system. Secondly, digital badges are a motivator for employees to successfully complete a course or a series of courses.
Basically, you can assign different course with badges and track to see which employees are earning the most badges. Not only is it a great analysis tool, but digital badges can be used to award top performers.
Some companies to check out for digital badges include Credly and Badgr.
4. Formative assessment tools
Formative assessment tools are a great way to track how your blended learning program is running and how your employees are performing. Specific examples include how assignments are submitted, surveys or polls are taken, and tests are administered. These basic capabilities can be found in most learning management systems today. However, to get the most accurate assessment of how your program is performing and functioning, it’s a great idea to look for outside apps to integrate within your LMS.
Continu offers built-in assessments evaluate an employee's performance and productivity.