What is blended learning? Blended learning is a combination of off-line (face-to-face, traditional learning) and online learning that complements each other.
Today, many public safety agencies are facing budget cuts, staffing shortages and COVID-19 restrictions while needing to continue providing the same level of service AND finding valid methods of conducting training. Public safety professionals must work through the additional challenges of shift coverage, territory/zone coverage and out-of-service/overtime personnel costs.
Blended learning offers a good solution for these challenges. When properly applied, learners continue to meet the tenets of learning, but at a reduced cost and frequently more successful comprehension rate. By using online pre-training courses, learners come prepared to more quickly grasp and retain concepts, as well as meet the skill or knowledge competencies.
Let’s compare a traditional vs. blended learning example.
In this example, the total training time, which includes out-of-service and possibly overtime cost, is likely to be 4-8 hours, which may hinder agencies from conducting regular training due to the disruptive and costly impact.
In the blended learning example, the total training time is likely to be 2-4 hours, a 50% reduction in overall time and cost. The blended example includes the benefits of improved knowledge retention and acquisition, as a learning pace that is matched to each individual.
“Since physical training gatherings require more time and expense than online training, Show Low Police Department was able to save physical training expenses and use their training budget to purchase the Vector Learning Management System (LMS).”