Think Blended Learning means Classroom + Elearning? Think again.
Online (and offline) social tools, collaboration software and the ease of print-on-demand solutions means the only limit is your own creativity. In fact, many of the options we’re most interested are free or so inexpensive they might as well be free.
We invite you to explore with us. Connect up at a conference presentation or workshop. Download resources on this page. Join the discussion on our Facebook page. Send us a message and share what’s on your mind.
Super Models of Blended Learning
As important as media selection is for an effective and engaging blended learning design, you can’t neglect the structure of the curriculum itself. In Josh Bersin’s 2004 The Blended Learning Book, he suggests two models for how blended learning takes place: flow and core + spoke. Bersin’s book was released in a pre-iPad, pre-YouTube, pre-MOOC world. The wide use of tablets has changed our view of how learning can be delivered and the types of support we can provide away from a desktop computer.
In that light, I would suggest a third model is emerging today: a network approach. Here’s a summary of the three models. Read more.
FR201 – The Creative Blend: New Tools to Engage Learners
Friday, February 1, 9:45 am – 10:45 am
Apply creative techniques for engaging learners before, during, after (even long after!) formal learning. In this session, we’ll explore creative uses for simple tools like video, email, texting, social media, and contests that real organizations are using right now to dramatically improve engagement with their content and application on the job. But it’s not all about the tools! You need to have a plan. In this session, you’ll use a structured approach to planning your blend – the media, the message, and the timing. You know that blended learning gives you and your learners flexibility and convenience in pacing and attendance, increased learning outcome gains, and broader access to information. When you use an integrated approach, you can harness the power of technology to enhance curriculum content, learning activities, and learning environments. In this session, you’ll explore the use of a variety of appropriate media and engagement strategies to attract learners and reconnect with them after training to improve retention and on-the-job application. You’ll build a plan to use these techniques in your own work, and receive feedback from the leader and your peers. Come as you are! No prior knowledge or experience is needed. Those who are using these techniques are welcome to share their successes and challenges. Instructional designers, curriculum designers, and learning leaders will get the most out of this session.
The Masterful Blend: Creative Media Choices for Blended Learning
February 15, 9:00 am to 10:30 am
Highly interactive and engaging, this 90 minute session looks at choosing the right type (or types) of training for your business goals. There are lots of media options: computer-based, mobile, video, instructor-led, and more. This blended of learning tools gives flexibility and convenience in pacing and attendance, increased learning outcome gains, and broader access to information. But it’s not just about the tools! You need to have a plan. In this session, you’ll use a structured approach to planning your blend – the media, the message, and the timing. We’ll set criteria for using different media types, get creative with new and old media for training, and create a plan for a training program.