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Blended Learning 101: Everything You Need to Know

If you’re in the know about eLearning, you’ve probably heard the phrase “blended learning” tossed around. The concept has gained popularity in recent years, and for good reason: blended learning is an excellent way to engage with all types of learners. So just what is blended learning? It’s a learning method that combines traditional classroom training sessions with the latest high-tech eLearning tools. Blended learning can help bridge the gap between those who learn better in structured environments and those who prefer more independent, computer-based learning.

Why Try Blended Learning?

The blended learning model is a fantastic way to augment traditional learning experiences. No matter if you’re training employees, educating customers, or teaching partners about your brand, organizations that rely on blended learning reap serious benefits. Research suggests that such opportunities give learners a more comprehensive understanding of the content than they would normally receive in either classroom or eLearning trainings. Since blended learning helps facilitate conversation between teachers and students, social learning is supported through the methodology.

It’s not just learners who benefit from this style. Organizations will appreciate the reduction in face-to-face training costs like travel, accommodations, and training materials. Blended learning often makes for a better return on investment. It’s also easier to track who has or has not yet completed training. You can also automatically register and schedule learners and monitor attendance. The ease of use can’t be understated – you’ll save hours of administrative work by streamlining learning in this way.

Blended Learning Models to Try

Curious about how to take a blended learning approach with your own team? By prioritizing personalization, you can “blend” almost any lesson. Give one of these methods a try:

Gamification:

Learning is a lot more palatable when there’s fun to be had. Motivate participants by using gameplay elements in your next lesson. Create levels, assign points, or do whatever you can to foster a competitive environment.

Rotation:

Learning stations and labs can do wonders to transform traditional “sit and get” lectures. Set a timer and have learners rotate stations every 20 minutes to keep folks active and engaged with the material.

Personalized/Flex Learning:

To truly meet each learner where they are, try an LMS blended learning approach. Students take their own individual paths in learning while being supervised by an instructor who serves more as a mentor than as a traditional teacher.

Go Mobile:

Most people keep a device of some kind – be it a tablet, smartphone, or laptop – in constant arm’s reach. Mobile blended learning takes advantage of this by delivering content over convenient mobile platforms.

These are just a few examples of how blended learning can transform the way your organization learns. Any time you combine experiential and social learning opportunities, it’s hard to go wrong!

How to Introduce Blended Learning in Your Organization

If you’re ready to try blended learning within your organization, try zooming out for a moment. Consider the big picture; what do you want people to learn from your sessions? It’s also worthwhile to consider existing pain points and how a blended model might change things. All trainers can identify challenges within their existing lessons, so talk honestly with them to better understand how blended learning might address those issues.

It’s also useful to consider the ways in which you might incorporate asynchronous learning into your plans. Building out modules that can be completed during a person’s spare time is a great way to give blended learning a try. While the social benefits of synchronous learning are important, asynchronous options give people freedom and flexibility to learn on their own terms. This can create greater buy-in and, when combined with traditional classroom experiences, can be a more effective strategy when introducing new concepts.

No matter how you decide to implement blended learning into your organization, make sure to pay attention to user feedback. Surveys and interviews can help you stay in touch with learner needs, expectations, and suggestions. By giving learners the chance to shed light on their experiences, you’ll be able to account for challenges your instructional designers might not have considered.

Learn More About Blended Learning and LMS Integration

Blended learning is an exciting way to transform the way your organization learns. By combining traditional instructor-led training with the latest eLearning technologies and strategies, you’ll get the very best of both worlds. A Learning Management System, or LMS, can help you harness the power of this technique while saving you valuable administrative time and effort.

If you’re eager to learn more about blended learning, learning management systems, or World Manager, reach out to our team! We’re happy to walk you through our product offeringsschedule a demo, or answer any questions you might have about blended learning techniques.

Disclaimer: This information is meant to provide general guidelines and should be used as a reference. It may not take into account all relevant local, state or federal laws and is not a legal document. Neither the author nor World Manager will assume any legal liability that may arise from the use of this information.

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