Why hybrid learning programmes are becoming the preferred choice

hybrid learning live online online learning May 04, 2022

Since the start of the pandemic lockdown in 2021, we have successfully engaged more than 3,500 learners in our live-online Talent Development Programmes. So it's interesting that as people have returned to the workplace, the demand for solely face-to-face learning hasn't returned to pre-COVID levels.

Instead, what we have seen a considerable rise in is 'hybrid learning' where some learners participate in-person and some participate live-online with facilitators delivering both remote and in-person learners at the same time using our learning platform GiraffePad, integrated with Zoom.

This approach means we have been able to take our fully interactive, dynamic and fun worksessions and make them work in a hybrid format without losing any of the value that learners get from their peers or having the opportunity to practice newly learned skills.

Here are 6 key benefits we see for businesses and learners alike:

1. Accessible for all

Whether teams are in the glorious Orkney Isles, Bardsey Island in Wales or somewhere in the Mourne Mountains, this hybrid format allows everyone to take part in training or coaching without the additional cost of travel and accommodation. And we don’t just limit that to the UK either – why not train your global team simultaneously?

2. Saving the planet

Okay, so maybe that's a stretch, but hybrid learning does mean saving time, money and your carbon footprint. In a world where we are being asked to do more with less, taking time out of an already hectic schedule to travel to a learning & development session can be onerous.

3. Technology rules

With more than 70% of the workforce now either Millennial or Gen Z (who welcome the introduction of technology in the workplace) learning & development has had to evolve. Engagement in learning programmes is higher when people are empowered to decide on their learning environment from what they wear to where they work.

4. Ducks in a row

Hybrid learning can lead to more aligned and synchronised teams, particularly if some team members work remotely and others work in the office. It's a great way to challenge team thinking in regards to how they communicate within the learning setting and how they align what they're learning with what they do in their role.

5. Calm and collected

Even our own team has reassessed how different learning needs can be addressed through this new format. It's been a great reminder of team members' natural tendencies, style and behaviours and for some of the team, the live-online format has reduced the anxiety and stress they previously felt when taking part in a face-to-face session

6. Opening doors

Hybrid learning opens the door for all learners to participate, regardless of their circumstances, from neuro-diversity to part-time parents, this approach can make the difference between being able to attend or missing out. And, we've had great feedback on how learners feel more loyal to the businesses they work in, that their motivation and passion for their jobs has increased following these hybrid programmes simply because they might not otherwise have been able to take part

If you are a modern, forward-focussed, dynamic business who wants to look at a new way to develop your talent, contact us today to find out how we can help.

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