Blended Learning

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When providing training, some goals and objectives lend themselves to in-person instruction, while others can be effectively achieved through e-learning programs. In such instances, you can incorporate both methods of instruction into a “blended” learning program. Blended learning experiences combine both e-learning and classroom-based methods into one instructional system. Blended learning allows you to strategically assign the appropriate method of instructional delivery for each learning objective. The media used to deliver blended learning include traditional classroom or laboratory settings; reading assignments; performance support tools, such as job aids; tele-video conference training; recorded “on-demand” web-based training; and real-time web-based training, known as “webinars.”

Blended learning can be an effective way to achieve your training objectives.

Blended learning offers the best that instructor-led and online learning have to offer. By combining high-quality instructor-led training with media-rich content, powerful technology solutions, and web 2.0 tools, a blended learning platform can support a wide variety of learning styles and offer a rich, interactive experience. Blended learning provides the flexibility needed to learn on demand, at the convenience of the participant and the organization.

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Here are some ideas for using blended learning solutions.

Some examples of blended learning packages include:

  • Offering an online orientation course that leads directly into in-depth classroom instruction
  • Electronically sending the required pre-reading for training to participants
  • After completion of training, making practice and implementation tools explained at the training available online
  • Creating an online social networking group for all participants of a classroom training
  • Offering online training followed up with in-person technical assistance