In this article we discuss blended learning and eLearning within the healthcare industry. It is an important topic of discussion as healthcare professionals are required to continuously train on the job to retain skills and gain new ones as technology and medicine evolve. In most cases, the responsibility of providing training falls on the organisation.
For larger organisations that employ a wide variety of professionals, providing highly specialised training programs using traditional methods can be cumbersome. It can put unnecessary pressure on both the organisation and staff members.
Traditional means of training are expensive within this industry. Overhead costs of facilities and equipment are very high. Training also tends to negatively affect operational efficiency as it requires staff to be constantly taken off the roster.
eLearning can help optimise your organisation’s training programs by:
- Reducing overhead costs by delivering courses online.
- Reducing operational costs, as once set up the cost of re-running a course is minimal.
- Keeping staff members in their roles.
Standardising training quality and outcomes is difficult for large healthcare organisations. Different people learn differently. Having a linear face-to-face training solution is not always the most effective method of training.
Blended learning on the other hand gives users the ability to follow their own learning curve to a fixed/standardised learning outcome. This way, organisations can ensure that all staff members are trained to the required outcome, while also giving them the freedom to do it at their own pace.
Healthcare workers often work odd hours and are on call if required. For this reason, an effective training program will allow learners to jump in and out without it affecting others or their own learning outcome. eLearning does just that. LMS’s like Tempus lets users undertake courses at their own pace. A learner can pause a course, leave, come back and start from exactly where they left off.
Greater opportunities for development.
Hospitals and clinics employ a wide variety of professionals, all of whom require training and development. Creating, delivering, and managing so many specialised training programs is time consuming and expensive.
It doesn’t have to be. With courses delivered through an LMS, the deliver, management effort and cost can be minimised. For this reason, organisations are also able to include a greater variety of training options within their arsenal.
It is important to note that within the healthcare industry, a certain degree of face-to-face training is necessary. Skills are acquired through a variety of learning modalities; online learning can help in certain aspect of the learning experience while skills practice are done with human intervention. For example, with dementia care, a level of personal touch, sensitivity and empathy can be taught through virtual simulated practice and then instructor-led training.
In summary, if your organisation is planning on transitioning to a blended learning solution, here are some of the benefits you can expect to see:
- Cost reduction.
- Steadied operational efficiency – reduction in the loss of key staff members who are away training.
- Retained knowledge and expertise from the best trainers.
- Ability to deliver face-to-face training when necessary.
- Ability to deliver courses that would not have been cost effective through traditional educational means.
- Ability to maintain and update online training material in-house.
- Efficient tracking and management of employee training and development.
- Standardised training outcomes over time and multiple locations.
With blended learning, your staff members can expect to see the following benefits:
- Ability to create their own learning curve.
- Ability to learn anywhere, anytime.
- Constant access to courses with the flexibility to jump in and out as required.
- Maintain face-to-face contact with trainers.
- Have both online and in-person discussion forums.
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