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Blended Learning: Reinforcing Results
The Research Institute of America has documented declining retention following course completion. Through careful planning and thoughtful partnership, blended solutions can yield impressive results.
“They say that nobody is perfect. Then they tell you practice makes perfect. I wish they’d make up their minds.”
“It now appears evident that practice accounts for far more than most of us might realize. Several recent studies have demonstrated that high levels of performance (often higher than experts had previously regarded as possible) can be attained not by those with innate talents and unique abilities, but by perfectly ordinary adults given enough practice. In fact, the producing of an outstanding ‘talent’ seems to be most directly correlated to the right kind of deliberate practice—which involves specifically tailored instruction and training, with feedback and supervision.”
—Michael Howe, “Innate Talents: Reality or Myth”
It seems intuitive. The more we practice something, the better at that something we become. Yet in today’s workplace, learning professionals are often challenged to produce not just proof that it’s possible to formally accelerate the development of employee capabilities, but a practical roadmap that guarantees results.
In his book “Blink,” Malcolm Gladwell reveals that great decision-makers aren’t those who process the most information or spend the most time deliberating, but those who have perfected the art of “thin-slicing”—filtering the very few factors that matter from an overwhelming number of variables so that they “know” things intuitively. Classroom training has served as the primary means for delivering behavioral skills training for years. Nevertheless, its effectiveness at delivering lasting instruction on its own is now being questioned.
The Research Institute of America has found that 33 minutes after completion of a course, 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. (See Figure 1.) Separate studies conducted by Neil Rackam further support these findings, in which he has reported that 87 percent of the learning from any given classroom workshop is lost within 30 days if not followed by a coaching intervention with the participants’ manager.
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