Some of you may be familiar with Blended Training and maybe some of you are not, I am going to give you an overview of what to expect and the pros and cons.
Blended Training is a mixture of theory (usually done via e-learning packages) and practical learning (usually a workshop) designed to offer you a well rounded overview of the subject.
It is well known that everyone learns differently, some would rather read, write essays and take exams and others need a more practical approach by doing, seeing, taking part. For example are you the sort of person who reads the instructions cover to cover before starting that flat pack bookshelf or are you the sort of person who follows the instructions as you’re building it?
Blended training covers both by offering a theory and practical learning experience, this is particularly important when learning about conflict resolution as the situations you will need the skills for will be physically in front of you and require you to use your body as well as your mind to help you.
- You can return to the e-learning package several times, this allows you to fit it into your schedule or repeat it if needed.
- The data on e-learning is accurate, checked and updated regularly so you know the information given is correct and in line with any new legislation or changes.
- All staff get the same information in black and white, there is no difference as you are all reading the same programme.
- You can login at any point, at home or in work. You do not have to be in a certain place at a certain time allowing you to manage you time and learning.
- If you have any questions you can ask the trainer at the practical sessions.
- Staggering the training can be unsuitable for some people, it may be a week or so from you completing your theory learning to having the practical experience.
- IT issues can always hinder any e-learning or indeed online experience, we’ve all had that moment when the internet crashes at a particularly inconvenient time.
- The learning is not monitored which may mean you are distracted and not taking in as much as you should be, you may want to ‘just get it done’ after a long day.
- It may be difficult for you to find the time to complete this, it may not be high on your priority list as so many other day to day situations arise and it could be forgotten.
- If you do not fully understand something or would like clarification you do not have someone to ask until the practical and you may forget to ask.
By undertaking blended training you can learn in the best way for you, you also have the opportunity to put your theoretical knowledge into practice with a trained conflict resolution instructor.
At GoodSense we offer a range of plans to suite you and your learning and offer a range of course in Health & Safety, Business Skills, Health & Social Care and have just launched our latest blended training course in Positive Handling for Schools.