Study Backs Benefits of Blended Learning

Blended learning programs that combine e-learning, online instruction, texts and live classroom training can significantly boost employee productivity, according to a new study.

by / April 21, 2003
NAPERVILLE, Ill. -- Blended learning programs that combine e-learning, online instruction, texts and live classroom training can significantly boost employee productivity, according to a new study.

The Thomson Job Impact Study found that employees receiving blended learning increase on-the-job performance by as much as 163 percent compared with those who receive no training. Participants in blended learning programs also were as much as 32 percent more accurate and up to 51 percent faster at performing their tasks than those who participated in single-delivery training methods.

The new results back up an earlier phase of the study, which also found significant benefits from blended learning. The survey's latest phase sought to identify critical components of a successful blended learning program.

Analysis of the results yielded the following core instructional features, according to Thomson Corp. Successful programs use scenario-based exercises as the basis for learning software, provide actual experience in using the software and deliver authentic assessments designed to parallel real-world tasks.