Since its inception, back in the 1990s, eLearning has changed the shape of how we teach and learn. Not only has it become one of the most embraced learning modalities; but it has also increased learning engagement, improved knowledge retention and transference, and enhanced L&D team effectiveness. However, eLearning, as a stand-alone learning intervention, isn’t ideal for all learning needs. Often, a blend of learning approaches, together with eLearning, is a more effective learning solution. What is Blended Learning Often, you’ll hear the terms “blended learning” and “hybrid learning” used interchangeably. While this substituted use is “technically” understandable, there is a difference – they are different (though somewhat similar) learning modalities. Hybrid learning allows learners to attend their courses in person, while also enabling them to learn remotely via eLearning. So, if a learner does not wish to participate in today’s lecture in person, he/she may stay at home, … [Read more...] about Blended learning methods: Combining eLearning with other approaches
With a large percentage of global workforces in lockdown mode, “normal course” business is a thing of the past. And that includes employee learning and corporate training programs. Even once lockdown restrictions eventually end, it’s likely that this new reality of working (and learning!) from home will continue into the foreseeable future. So, how can corporate L&D teams make remote learning more relevant, without compromising training objectives? The answer: Incorporate more mobile learning (mLearning) into corporate blended training programs. Understanding blended training Over the years, in-class, instructor-delivered training has given way to different learning models, including fully self-directed online learning. Where in-person instruction played a leading role in prior training models, 100% self-directed learning today does not rely on any trainer interaction. However, over time, a middle-of-the-road training model, called blended training, has evolved. This model is a … [Read more...] about Here is How to Quickly and Easily Leverage MLearning to Make the Most of Blended Training!
In a world where we are all focused on everything “on-demand”, blended learning solutions offer a refreshing compromise for learners, training professionals and instructional designers alike. However, like every corporate training strategy available, blended learning comes with a unique set of pluses and pitfalls that organizations should be aware of. Understanding Blended Learning To make the most of what it has to offer, you need to understand what it means to blend instructional approaches as part of your overall organizational training strategy. Blending is a hybrid approach to training, where on-demand training (delivered via a combination of methods including virtual labs, videos, and podcasts) and instructor-led teaching are fused together into a coherent and unified training strategy. Parsing this description further, we need to understand that: Blended learning is not the same as using instructional videos or online content for in-class/in-person training Neither is it … [Read more...] about Blended Learning Solutions: Organizational benefits and pitfalls
Oftentimes, when instructional designers are tasked with designing a course, one of the challenges that they face has to do with the design approach they take. While experienced instructional designers seem to have a better grasp of this, novices often struggle with selecting the right activities and exercises that truly reinforce learning. One of the best (and probably easiest) approaches to figure out the activities for the course is to use Bloom’s Taxonomy. Since Bloom’s taxonomy was created for traditional classroom training, there was a need to reconstruct it to fit modernized approaches to training. Therefore, in 2009, the Taxonomy was repackaged to reflect current needs. In this blog post, I want to take a brief look at the repackaged Taxonomy, and see how instructional designers can apply it to their eLearning and Blended learning courses. The best way to use Bloom’s taxonomy is to use the content of the course to develop measurable learning objectives. Then, categorize … [Read more...] about How to Apply Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy to ELearning Courses