Blended Learning? Start Here First
If you have ever considered implementing a blended learning approach to your live training or classrooms, then you are well aware of the benefits it can bring to learning.
That said, you are likely also aware that there are a slew of tool, tips, and technology platforms out there, all of which are claiming to be the best thing for your blended learning program.
It can be difficult to sift through all the noise to find your way forward.
In times like this, it is important to take a step back and answer some very important questions.
9 Questions You Should Answer For Blended Learning
What is the focus? Remember that your blended learning program is for the benefit of the learner, and not just a reason to use new technology.
What are the learner’s needs? Each person is different so it helps to have a good understanding of the learner’s needs.
What are the main planning criteria? You should establish learning goals and assessments first, then choose the resources to accomplish these goals.
How much unique differentiation and personalization is needed? Your software should be adaptive to personalize the learning.
What is the strategic role of the technology? Ideally, the technology should be a means to enhance instruction, not provide it.
How often are progress and proficiency assessed? Look for a software that allows you to continually monitor and assess learner progress. Progress bars, visuals, exportable reports and badges are a great way to accomplish this.
What kind of reports are available? Based on your individual needs, determine if the available reports will provide you with relevant learner insight.
What hardware and infrastructure is needed for the software? This is driven on how you intend to leverage the blended learning. For example, bring-your-own-device programs will require different set-up than classroom provided tools.
How do you evaluate effectiveness? Before implementing the program, determine how you will gauge its effectiveness. Some options include third-party research, conducting internal research, survey peers and colleagues, and evaluating learner performance across a continuum.