P19 BYOL: Modern Blended Learning—How to Create the Experience
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM Tuesday, March 21
Virtualization has resulted in the ability to learn almost anywhere, anytime, and in many ways. It’s hard for even seasoned learning professionals to articulate the different aspects of modern blended learning. Techniques like gamification and technologies like virtual classrooms are often applied inconsistently. They’re quickly adopted and discarded just as swiftly as the latest “flavor of the week.” Today’s training professional is a designer, developer, facilitator, and more. It is their job to deliver the right content to the right audience at the right time. Realistically, they can’t be experts at everything all at once.
In this workshop, you will learn to balance business requirements with learner needs. You will learn ways to change perceptions around blended learning to maximize its potential. You will also explore ways to determine whether techniques such as collaborative learning or simulations are the best option, and the best way to make them available to your audience. In the end, you will address critical areas of concern and develop confidence and competence as a modern blended learning designer.
In this session, you will learn:
- How to balance business requirements with the needs of modern learners
- How to evolve perceptions of learners, designers, facilitators, clients, and stakeholders in order to maximize the potential of blended learning
- How to identify and prioritize your own development needs
- How to determine whether techniques like social collaborative learning or simulations are good options, and the best way to make them available to your audience
- How to strategically establish collaboration as a valued part of your blended learning designs
- How to keep ahead of trends in educational technology
Intermediate and advanced designers, developers, and project managers. Attendees should have experience managing large learning projects, especially those that include multiple learning technologies and a blended learning design.
Technology discussed in this session:
Tools that support mobile, social collaboration, microlearning, and other modern learning approaches.
Participant technology requirements:
Adobe Connect as the collaboration tool. Access to standard Microsoft Office tools will support the hands-on exercises.
Founder and President
Jennifer Hofmann is the founder and president of InSync Training, an entirely virtual consulting firm that specializes in the design and delivery of engaging, innovative, and effective modern blended learning. Jennifer has written and contributed to a number of books, including The Synchronous Trainer’s Survival Guide: Facilitating Successful Live and Online Courses, Meetings, and Events; Live and Online! Tips, Techniques, and Ready-to-Use Activities for the Virtual Classroom; and Tailored Learning: Designing the Blend That Fits. Her most recent work is Blended Learning: What Works.
InSync Blended Learning Hub
Phylise Banner, a curator with InSync Blended Learning Hub, is a learning experience designer with more than 25 years of vision, action, and leadership experience in transformational teaching and learning approaches within academia and industry. A pioneer in online learning, Phylise regularly seeks out and embraces opportunities to experiment with emerging pedagogies and technologies in order to best serve learners and to create vibrant and engaged communities of practice. She is an Adobe Education Leader and STC Fellow.