Research Shows a Blend of Classroom and Online Teaching to Be Most Effective Learning

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NetSpeed Leadership has come up with a completely original blended approach to learning that capitalizes on the best of both classroom and e-learning.

The debate about which is more effective, instructor-led classroom training or self-paced e-learning, has been debated for years. Recent research has concluded that a blended approach of both appears to be the most effective way to generate sustained learning and skills improvement. In a recent issue of Chief Learning Officer Magazine, it published results from one research study which concluded a combination of blended learning techniques can improve performance by 45% or more.

Despite compelling research on the power of blended learning, most organizations continue to utilize a classroom-only approach for employee skills training. The Research Institute of America has found that just a half hour after completion of a classroom training event, students retain only 58 percent of the material covered in the class. “By the second day, 33 percent is retained, and three weeks after the course, only 15 percent of the knowledge delivered is retained” (from Blended Learning: Reinforcing Results, Jeff Snipes, Chief Learning Officer Magazine, September, 2005).

“We created NetSpeed Leadership® in response to the deficiencies of classroom-only training. But we also knew that when it comes to teaching management, leadership and communication skills, a strictly e-learning approach has its own limitations – including very low completion rates,” says Cynthia Clay, a former leadership management training director who founded NetSpeed Leadership. “We designed a completely original blended approach to leadership and supervisory skills training that capitalizes on the best of both classroom and e-learning. We’ve developed easy-to-use web-based tools to reinforce and extend the learning beyond the classroom, and at the same time provide tools for training managers to track and measure the impact of this training.”

According to Clay, most training directors struggle with the same long-standing challenges: How to help employees use what they learned in class back on the job; how to hold them accountable for applying what they’ve learned back to their work; how to test their knowledge and retention of the course material; and finally how to measure the impact of the training.

“A key reason why NetSpeed Leadership has been so successful in addressing the learning needs of both managers and employees,” says Clay, “is that we apply an easy-to-implement blended approach of classroom instruction followed by a series of post-classroom online reinforcement tools, which provides students repeated opportunities to practice what they have learned in the classroom and we provide the training managers with a simple way to track how they’re retaining and applying this learning.”

About NetSpeed Leadership
NetSpeed Leadership capitalizes on the benefit of electronic technology as a way to extend learning beyond the classroom and provide training directors with easy-to-use tracking and measurement capabilities. They provide 23 half-day modules followed by web-based testing, measurement and tracking tools. They also provide a web-based training needs assessment and a training ROI calculator to help you quantify your training ROI. NetSpeed Leadership can provide certified trainers to deliver workshops or certify a client’s internal trainers to deliver all 23 modules.


Tim Jones

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