How to design blended learning?
About blended learning
At one time, the major approach to learning was the ‘face-to-face’ learning in a classroom setting. With the arrival of computers and then the Internet, the new approach of e-learning became more popular. Attempts to integrate these approaches led to the concept of blended learning. Of course, this is a ‘small’ and specific definition.
Today, many more learning interventions and approaches exist, and creating ‘the right mix’ of interventions leads to blended learning. Often, some type of e-learning is part of the blend, but not necessarily.
Some professionals suggest that all learning today is, or should be, a blend of different learning interventions, to be effective, relevant and inspiring. From a professional perspective, the chosen blend should be based on a good analysis of the issue to solve and the characteristics and context of the learner.
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Most important features of blended learning
- It includes ‘the best of many worlds’ and offers the benefits of different approaches for learning.
- It gives the opportunity to think about and choose the most-effective approach for each learning objective.
- Although traditionally referred to as a blend of face-to-face learning and e-learning, the definition doesn’t have to be that strict because:
- Blends of a variety of face-to-face learning interventions can also be seen as blended learning (classroom training, coaching, mentoring, group discussion, role play, teamwork assignments and face-to-face games).
- Blends of a variety of e-learning interventions can also be seen as blended learning (e-learning, social learning via a platform or social media, memo training, digital games and online assessment).
- Learners like to be engaged in learning activities that are effective and make sense in relation to their learning objectives.
- A blended approach supports learner engagement; a variety of approaches makes the learning journey more attractive.
Use the following aNewSpring features for blended learning:
- Social and Mobile Learning
- MemoTrainer™ as retention tool
- Conditional learning activities
- Certificates of participation
- Hand-in assignments
- Video hosting