Sizzling Blended Studying Tendencies – A Chook’s Eye View
Why is blended learning taking the L&D world by storm?
The obvious reason is the pandemic, which has made face-to-face training a very difficult option. Others are the flexibility that blended learning offers organizations in:
- Offer uninterrupted training
- Combine the best of both worlds – human interaction + self-determined learning
- Time and cost savings with pure offline training
- Improving social learning
And best of all – converting learning from an event into a trip by offering continuous learning opportunities.
Blended learning – the quick way to eLearning
Is fast blended learning the best solution? Discover how blended learning can be used to meet corporate training needs and accommodate modern learning preferences.
Blended learning trends include:
Several popular learning formats that can be used in a learning mix include:
1. Immersive courses
Immersive learning places learners in a highly interactive learning environment – either physical or virtual.
Lesson design strategies help design learner-centered, fixed, immersive courses that make learners active participants in their own learning, help them see the consequences of their decisions in real time, gain hands-on experience, and much more – creating unforgettable learning experiences.
A quick look at scenarios and simulations
eLearning scenarios harness the power of storytelling and experience-based learning. They put learners in situations they are likely to face at work and make decisions. The learners then experience the consequences of their actions for colleagues, customers and the company as a whole. eLearning scenarios are good for compliance training and areas that require decision making.
In training simulations – especially watch-try-do simulations – the learners work with the software in a sandbox environment in order to master the use of the live system without making costly mistakes. Scenarios and simulations can be used in blended learning for independent training courses, in order to offer exercise opportunities or to refresh knowledge / skills at regular intervals.
AR and VR
Another popular variation on immersive courses uses AR and VR technologies. Virtual Reality (VR) immerses the user in a simulated or imaginary world (e.g. flight simulations) by completely closing the physical world or simulating presence in real life. Augmented Reality (AR) superimposes or adds digital elements and images to a live view (e.g. Snapchat lenses, the game Pokémon Go).
Both experiences are unique and are used in different situations depending on the type of training. Scenarios and simulations can be used in blended learning for independent training courses
Exercise opportunities or for regular refreshment of knowledge / skills. In-depth insights into popular ID strategies – including eLearning scenarios, training simulations, guided learning, gamification, and more – can be found on this blog.
For example, in a warehouse, AR can be used to help employees quickly navigate the aisles of the store to get to the products they are looking for. VR can be used to teach employees safety and emergency procedures to follow in the warehouse. The consequences of not following security processes can be simulated in a VR environment without any real risk.
Authoring tools like CenarioVR now make it easy and affordable to develop VR-based eLearning courses with 360-degree videos and immersive audio.
Videos are another versatile tool that can be used in blended learning to enrich the learning journey. Here are some interesting ideas you can try:
- Explanatory videos – to introduce something, to provide context, to convey important messages
- Interactive Videos – Provide the ability to apply knowledge to increase engagement
- Talking head interview videos – to convey important messages, share personal experiences
- 360-degree videos – so that learners can explore and experience without fear of the consequences
- Animated videos – to explain or offer perspectives to demonstrate how something works
Videos can be used in the classroom or in the VILT; Microlearning videos can be used for on-demand access, how-to videos can be used to support performance, videos from top management can be used to greet new employees or address change and reassure learners. According to Markets and Markets, the corporate video market will grow from $ 16.4 billion in 2020 to $ 25.6 billion by 2025. So don’t miss this versatile tool in your blended learning strategy.
3. Micro-learning and VILT
With micro-learning, learners have access to short learning bytes, each of which covers a learning objective. These modules can be developed in various formats and used for stand-alone training, a pre-training asset, post-training support, assessment, performance support, and more!
VILT makes it easy to replicate human interaction in the classroom without the logistics involved. Virtual onboarding has now become necessary as employees work from home or come to work in small groups. VILT can be used as main training in place of the classroom or for in-depth explanations, explanations and interactions between learners and teachers.
What are the best blended learning models?
Now that we’ve looked at the different training formats that are available to us, let’s understand how we can combine and combine them. Four basic blended learning models can be used to provide the framework.
1. Rotary model
With this blended learning approach, learners are expected to follow a set schedule and go through multiple training formats. This blended learning model offers great flexibility in combining ILT, online training, social learning, or any other training format that encourages continuous learning.
2. Flex model
The “Flex” blended learning model offers learners a much more flexible and personalized learning experience tailored to their needs. There is a lot of emphasis on online training. Since much of this model is geared towards eLearning, other training formats are used to complement online training with collaborative learning activities and personalized interventions.
3. Enriched virtual model
This model is similar to the Flex model in that online training is an important part. However, unlike the Flex model, learners must go through a scheduled teacher-led classroom session, either in stationary or virtual classrooms.
4. A la carte model
If you are looking for a training approach where most of the training takes place in the physical classroom in the presence of a teacher, you have come to the right place with the “à la carte” model. This model enables digital training formats to complement formal face-to-face events before or after training.
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