CIPD Level 7 Cost-effective Forms of Learning Strategies for a Business


Your co-worker, Mohammed, has approached you as his line manager and highlighted a new CIPD Course that he wishes to embark on for his future studies. This particular course is based at Loughborough college every Tuesday evening from 6pm which means he will need to leave work early for a month. Instead, you locate an online course where he can study from home and remain at work until his usual time. Given the rise of innovative ways of learning, discuss with the aid of examples new forms of learning strategies that could be more cost effective for a business.


Executive Summary

In this report, a critique of whether the older forms of classroom-based learning are still appropriate has been developed. This is informed by the increased new forms of learning strategies that are cost-effective for business as compared to the older forms.  The older forms of classroom-based learning are being replaced due to the increased development of technology. This technology transforms the modern business environment, with employees learning being equally disrupted. The only common feature of the older forms of classroom-based learning strategies is that they are both intended to advance support to individuals, teams, or the organisation as a whole for building a capability that enables such to meet their business needs. Based on resource availability and the target group in a learning process, learning strategies are grouped into classroom learning, digital or distance learning, and blended learning.  At the end of this report, recommendations have been given to Mohammed on the best learning strategy to pursue. This is enrolling in a CIPD course that is provided online rather than pursuing the traditional classroom-based learning at Loughborough College. This would provide him an opportunity of learning from home and remain at work at all times. As noted in the explanation, online courses are more flexible since the course materials are provided flexibly and can be accessed at any time by the learner. From these recommendations, it is evident that the older forms of classroom-based learning are inappropriate.
















Table of Contents

Executive Summary. 3

1.0 Introduction. 4

2.0 Learning Strategies. 4

2.1 Courses and Classroom Learning (Older based Learning) 5

2.2 Distance Learning and Digital Learning. 6

2.3 Blended Learning and “bite-size” Learning. 7

3.0 Conclusions and Recommendations. 7

3.1 Conclusion. 7

References. 9





1.0 Introduction

In the modern business environment, irrespective of whether a learning method is classroom-based or online, it ought to support an individual, teams, and an organisation towards building their capability that meets business needs. While evaluating the applicability of the traditional classroom training, HR Drive (2018) report noted that despite classroom-based learning facilitating improved learning, it is a challenge to transform new knowledge into sustained behavior and performance. Further, CIPD (2020) noted that as a line manager, it is relevant to ensure that they facilitate a transition from course-led learning experience provided in classroom-based learning to deliver learning through modern approaches that assist the building of skills, knowledge, and behaviours.  In modern learning strategies, they can be classified into workplace-based learning methods and learning methods away from the workplace, which all provide an opportunity for collaborative work and knowledge sharing. This is not much effective in the case of a classroom based learning process. Taking into account this background, this report focuses on evaluating new forms of learning strategies that are cost-effective for business by critiquing if the older forms of classroom-based learning are still appropriate. From this, a recommendation is provided to Mohammed on the best learning strategy to pursue.

2.0 Learning Strategies

In the contemporary competitive business environment, organisations need to exploit different available learning strategies. In the context of HR, referencing the new CIPD professional map CIPD (2020) specialist knowledge, a learning strategy is used to ensure that the workers possess knowledge, skills, and experience for fulfilling their individualized and organizational needs and ambitions.  This is further expounded by Andragogy theory by Malcolm Knowles in the 1970s Giannoukos et al. (2015) that stipulates that adult learners differ from children in different ways hence the need of different learning strategies (see figure 1);

Figure 1: Andragogy theory and Learning Strategies

Source: Summarised from Association for Talent Development 2018

As aforementioned, the learning strategies can be categorized into the workplace-based and non-workplace based learning methods. As noted in CIPD (2020), these methods are as shown in figure 2;

Figure 2: Different Learning Strategies

Source: Summarised from CIPD (2020)

It is evident from the different strategies provided in figure 2

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