We Need Something More Than Blended Learning

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Clive Shepherd

Founding Partner
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As designers of adult learning solutions, we are dedicated people who want to make a difference to the organizations we serve. Sometimes, however, our interventions fail to hit the target and leave us feeling frustrated. However carefully we have crafted our sessions and materials, they have made only a temporary impact on the learners’ journeys. Clearly, we need to do something different.

Blended solutions, which combine different social contexts for learning (learning alone, one-to-one, in cohorts, and from wider communities), different strategies, and different modalities allow us to overcome the weaknesses inherent in solutions that use only a single approach. However, too many blended solutions address only the formal elements in a solution: they fail to adequately prepare the learner to make the best of the experience, allow adequate opportunities for application back to the job, and then follow-up with on-going support. Major workplace learning interventions require an “end-to-end” approach—something more than blended learning.

In this session, you will learn:

  • What blended learning really means in 2015
  • How blended learning can integrate formal, social, and experiential learning
  • How to design blends that deliver end-to-end solutions
  • How to achieve highly flexible, scalable, and cost-effective results without compromising on effectiveness
  • How to build blended learning design skills in your organization

Audience:
Intermediate and advanced designers of learning interventions, consultants, managers, and executives. No specific knowledge needed but experience in designing adult learning interventions would be helpful.

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