blended learning

What is Blended Learning?

If you’re familiar with eLearning in any way, there’s no doubt you’ll have heard about blended learning. It’s is a concept that has risen in popularity over the last few years, with its advantages being lauded by eLearning professionals and learners alike.

Despite the acceptance of the effectiveness of blended learning, there continues to be some ambiguity around its definition. So, just what is blended learning?

In today’s post, we’ll delve into what blended learning is, and highlight some benefits it offers organizations and learners. We’ll also touch on some pitfalls to avoid, and explore how you can use blended learning as part of your eLearning strategy.  

What is blended learning?

The way in which blended learning is delivered is usually dependant on circumstances, making a universal, all-encompassing definition hard to establish. Wikipedia offers the following definition:

“Blended learning is an approach to education that combines online educational materials and opportunities for interaction online with traditional place-based classroom methods. It requires the physical presence of both teacher and student, with some elements of student control over time, place, path, or place.”

However when it comes to eLearning, the “place-based classroom methods” can be replaced by webinars, making the learning even more accessible and convenient.

Here at LearnUpon, we believe blended learning encourages personalization of the eLearning experience by combining the best aspects of in-person teaching with technology-based eLearning methods. It broadens the learner experience by supporting anytime, anywhere learning, and reshapes the role of the instructor.

When applied to eLearning, blended learning is again circumstance-dependant, but usually involves:

Essentially, through blended learning, online and instructor-led training is complementary and creates an integrated learning environment.

Benefits of blended learning

A blended learning model is undoubtedly a great way to augment the learner’s experience, but its advantages go beyond that.

Whether you’re training employees, partners, customers or planning compliance training, organizations using blended learning will reap many rewards.

Let’s take a look at some of the benefits for learners and organizations:

Benefits for learners

Benefits for organizations

Blended learning pitfalls

Now that you know more about what blended learning is, hopefully, we’ve gotten you excited about what it can offer.

Before we let you in on how you can start utilizing it in your training strategy, let’s first outline a few major pitfalls to avoid before you begin.

Of course, it’s important that blended learning isn’t used just for the sake of it. Once you have identified your learning goals, you can think about how each goal could be achieved in an online and/or offline setting.

Webinars: an easy route to blended learning

To get started with blended learning, you can utilize webinars in the instructor-led portion of your course. To run a webinar, you’ll need a webinar tool. There are many options available; you’ll just need to find the one that suits your needs.

Things to consider when choosing one include the size of your audience, their requirements, and the learner experience.

Some webinar tool options include:

These tools integrate with your LMS to synchronize setup, registration, and attendance reporting. Make sure you record each session so that you can use these recordings at a later date. This is a superb way to generate reusable training content. These videos can then be added to eLearning courses and delivered to your learners.

What are the benefits of integrating a webinar tool with your LMS?

If webinar sessions are part of your blended learning, integrating your chosen tool with your LMS makes sense. This will enable you to:

When using blended learning, keep in mind that its aim is to combine the strengths of both traditional and online learning methods in order to give your learners a more engaging learning experience. Through blended learning, you’ll take advantage of the best of both worlds, benefitting both learners and instructors.

LearnUpon LMS makes it simple to set up blended courses that contain any combination of face-to-face and online training components. To learn more, book a free trial and demo with us today.

 

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