Over the last couple of years, the world of learning has changed a great deal. When we talk about ‘the blend’, we no longer simply mean a mix of traditional e-learning and classroom training and the concept of the standalone ‘course’ is arguably redundant.
Blended e-learning now offers learners sophisticated and varied options to support their learning. Meanwhile, the development of read-write technology for the web has seen the addition of wikis, blogs and social networking sites to the blend, building communities of learners and making their experience truly interactive. This, along with new ways of using video, gaming and podcasts has taken blended learning to new and exciting levels, not only forming an integral part of formal training interventions but also in supporting continuous informal learning.
The Case for Blended Learning
The case for Blended Learning is now proven. We have implemented blended learning solutions which range from the most straightforward to the more sophisticated.
Many of our clients, for example, have taken the opportunity to enhance instructor-led training with an introduction or refresher module online. At the other end of the scale, we’ve recently developed a comprehensive week-long programme for a client’s sales force. The solution combines online segments, highly developed scenario driven elements, conference call discussions, virtual or real classroom training and practice sales pitches with fictional customers.
If you’re interested in how blended learning solutions can help your business, our Blended Learning Cookbook, developed with industry expert Clive Shepherd, uses practical examples to show organisations how training can help them to improve their competitive position.