Training delivery mechanisms

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Blended Learning

The blended learning philosophy addresses the fact that people learn in different ways – some appreciate being closely supported by an instructor in the classroom, while others prefer to work more independently and at their own pace. The availability of online media makes it possible to increase the available options in order to support this range of preferences. In addition to traditional classrooms, training can work over long distances using virtual classrooms; recordings of short sessions can aid self-paced learning and resources like frequently-asked questions or blogs can be made available over the Internet.

There are strong advantages in the blended approach for both individual learners and their organisations. Learners don’t have to concentrate solely on a single one of the options listed above – instead, they can sign up for a ‘blend’ of modules that might combine a single trip to a traditional classroom with subsequent online sessions, whether ‘live’ or ‘self-paced’. In addition, the use of online approaches to training has obvious financial benefits in that the costs of travel, accommodation and venues are almost entirely eliminated.

The blended learning approach typically offers learning in short (perhaps no more than 2 hour) self-contained modules. This approach has various advantages – it fits in well with the virtual classroom and e-learning media, impacts less on normal duties than whole days of training and doesn’t risk ‘information overload’ for trainees.

Selecting a Delivery Mechanism

To select an appropriate Training delivery mechanism for any programme, various factors need to be considered such as the training objectives and needs,

 

the number and variety of learners involved, timescales, budgets, and delivery logistics. In many cases, sending  staff  on to public schedule courses can be seen as the most cost-effective solution. However, there are many other training delivery mechanisms that can also be highly effective in your organisation, and may bring better return on your training investment.

The ultimate aim of most training programmes is to achieve business benefits from a change in behaviour in the workplace resulting from the skills and knowledge gained. This means the learners have to put course theory into working practice. The sooner each learner starts to apply course theory to their own environment, firstly through conscious thought processes in a design or planning mode, and then through actual practice, the more thoroughly the learning is retained, and the earlier the business benefit is achieved. Ideally this starts during the training programme itself, and is possible with customised and tailored training solutions.

Some example delivery mechanisms are as follows:

  • Standard course (public or privately delivered) on a generic training environment
  • Fully customised course delivered on a realistic local environment
  • Integrated course mixing generic course theory with specific customised course practice
  • Tailored course to cover different content from the standard course topics
  • Skills Transfer workshops and desk-side support
  • Computer based training solutions
Acuma can help you define the most appropriate and cost-effective solution to meet your specific training needs. Here is a summary of the main pros and cons of each of the main delivery mechanisms.

What’s in it for me: Which delivery mechanism? Please find below a list of Acuma's various delivery options.

Delivery
mechanism
Description
Pros
Cons
Standard Public Schedule Course Generic "off-the-peg" course on a
training environment, delivered at
Acuma offices
Allows delivery to be spread over time
and location for different team members
to attend the same standard course.
No set up costs.
No opportunity to put course theory into practice in the realistic working environment.
Some course topics may not be relevant.
Standard Private Course
Generic “off-the-peg” course on a
training environment, delivered
privately for a single customer.
Consistency of standard course delivery.
No set up costs (if using Acuma kit).
No opportunity to put course theory into practice in the realistic working environment.
Some course topics may not be relevant.
Fully Customised Course
Course contents as per standard course, but delivered privately on a realistic working environment.
Allows learners to put course theory
into practice in the realistic working
environment during the course, for
earlier business benefits.
Very high course development and set up costs.
Some course topics may not be relevant.
Fully Tailored Course
Course contents designed
specifically to meet training needs,
and course delivered privately on a
training environment.
All course topics will be relevant.
Very high course development and set up costs.
No opportunity to put course theory into practice in the realistic working environment.
Tailored Integrated Workshop
Course contents selected from a
menu of available modules of
learning, theory taught using generic environment, workshop practice on a realistic working environment.
Allows learners to put course theory into practice in the realistic working
environment during the course, for earlier business benefits. All course topics
will be relevant.
Limited course development and set up costs to combine the selected course modules, and to customise the workshop exercises for those modules.
Skills Transfer Workshops & Desk-side Support
Post-training support through a joint workshop, and/or one-to-one support at the desk, aimed at introducing the actual working environment and answering learners questions.
Allows consolidation of learning through proactive follow-up support. Encourages sharing of best practice. Helps learners to put course theory into practice in the actual workplace, for earlier business benefits.
Additional support costs.

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