Today it is not uncommon to see a blended learning approach with elearning, especially in the academic setting.
For those of you who are unfamiliar, blended learning is an approach that uses both live instructors and elearning to deliver content. So, if you are a student, you are taught a subject in the classroom and that topic is reinforced when you are required to interact with an elearning module.
While this approach was less common 10 years ago, today roughly two-thirds of school districts offer some kind of online blended learning program.
However, what some people do not know is that there are multiple ways (or models) for a blended learning approach.
The infographic below, created by DreamBox.com, describes six distinct blended learning models – they are as follows:
- Face-to-Face Driver
- Online Lab
- Online Driver
To find out which model would be best for your learners, read the infographic below as it will describe when and why you should use each one.
I have personally had the most experience with the first one listed as it is often the easiest to implement when first getting started with a blended learning approach.
When using this model, I often had learners take pre-requisite courses online prior to the instructor-led portion. Then, there would be some sort of review and assessment online. Not saying this is the best method, just the one I have had the majority of experience in using.
On a related note, do not limit yourself to just one method. Sometimes the content can determine the best approach. Sure, pick one that is best most of the time, but don’t be afraid to change it up.