We as social beings crave human interaction and the flexibility of doing things at our own pace – this extends to training as well, and blended learning is the best way to address this duality in corporate training.
Blended learning combines synchronous classroom training with asynchronous online learning, offering the best of both worlds. It enables learners to take self-paced learning, and interact with instructors face-to-face. The synchronous part of the training can happen in brick-n-mortar classrooms or through virtual instructor-led training (VILT). And self-paced training can be eLearning, microlearning, or just-in-time performance support.
Blended learning = Instructor-Led Training + Online Learning (synchronous and asynchronous) + Performance Support
Some Formats that can be Used in a Blending Learning Strategy
- Instructor-led (classroom) training
- On-the-Job training
Virtual Collaboration: Synchronous
- Virtual instructor-led training
- Discussion boards
- Online forums
- eLearning modules
- Online assessments/quizzes
Performance Support Systems (EPSS)
- How-to videos
- Knowledge databases
- Mobile applications
- Performance/decision support tools
How Do We Develop Online Assets for Blended Learning Quickly?
While it is good to see the variety of digital assets that can be used in a blended learning framework, the question remains – how do we develop them quickly so that gaps in performance are filled and employees are ready to face the dynamic business environment?
And this is where rapid eLearning can help. Rapid eLearning develops digital assets aligned to organizational goals within time, without compromising on creativity. It does it by utilizing rapid authoring tools, agile project management and ID principles.
There are 4 easy steps to ensure you develop effective blended learning assets with rapid eLearning, quickly.
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Getting Started with Blended Learning
If you need a framework to get started with blended learning, the 55:25:20 model is a good place to look for inspiration.
Experiential Learning (55%)
- Scenario-based eLearning
- Watch-Try-Do Simulations
Social Learning (25%)
- Online Discussion Boards and Forums
- User-generated Content
Formal Learning (20%)
- Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT)
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