A Context for Performance (Results) Based Training
Learner-Centered Delivery Skills and Systems
Delivery Skills that Facilitate Performance
The Importance of Feedback, Reinforcement, and Motivational Incentives
Using Media-Based Delivery Systems
Selecting Methods That Compliment Delivery Systems
Evaluation Related to Training Delivery Systems
Emerging Trends in Instructional Delivery Systems
Robyn Telleisen discusses myths surrounding and benefits of blended learning environments. First off, there are different forms of blended learning. Depending on a learners learning style, some environments work better than others. A learner who prefers reading information may not benefit from online video. Likewise, an auditory learner may miss out on a blended environment made up primarily of PowerPoint slides.
Testing out a class is important--especially if you are new to the blended learning environment or a particular company. And be suspicious if a free class isn't offered. Make sure there are clear and measurable objectives and that assessments are available.
Blended learning does have a strong upside. Done correctly, it allows for just-in-time learning. A learner can get the needed information without sitting through a lecture that they don't need.
The online environment may offer more consistency than the classroom. Dynamic and poor instructors come and go but strong curriculum is always available online. The 24/7 access to online learning is also a strong feature. Learning follows a schedule most suitable to the learner and his responsibilities.
Telleisen, R., (Fall 2002). Blended Learning vs. Blundered Training. [Electronic version]. Succeed Magazine. Retrieved June 18, 2003 from: http://www.elementk.com/downloads/blended_learning.pdf
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