Everyone is talking about blended learning. It's a known fact that the more choice we offer learners in how they consume learning, the more engagement and knowledge, skills or behaviour change you will have.
When I speak to organisations about blended learning, the enthusiasm and appetite is palpable. The more we talk the more exciting it gets and the possibilities seem endless. We discuss ideas and general ILT courses suddenly become engaging, mixed media, socially interactive programmes.
Then we move on to the how. Blended learning usually requires a technology delivery platform. We explore the organisations existing platform capabilities, more often than not their LMSs are unable to manage all of the elements associated with the blend. More and more organisations are asking to use our own virtual learning platform to deliver true blended learning programmes, one platform, and all the functionality, all in one place.
So we have the right blend and the right platform, now on to implementation and this is where reality often strikes. The heady ideas of an all singing all dancing programme requires careful thought and management of how, in reality, it will work.
That forum or social media closed group you were going to add to the programme - who is going to manage it? Who will moderate it? Who will answer questions?
Self-curated content that is great for peer to peer learning and harnessing the knowledge of long term employees, do we really want employees uploading their own content? What if they offer incorrect information? How will it be validated? And that virtual session you want to include, who's going to convert the content? Have you got facilitators with virtual delivery expertise? Do you have a conferencing provider?
In my experience, the realisation that a really good and impactful blended programme needs a lot of resource commitment is an instant reality check. Many organisations simply don't have the resource or time to do it. And this is when a downgrade often happens, and that brilliant engaging programme becomes a PDF of pre-course reading, maybe with some eLearning sandwiched between a short classroom session.
But don't despair, you don't have to compromise. You see, we at Bray Leino Learning are blended learning experts. We can help with any of the challenges of deploying and managing a great blended programme.
Need experienced virtual facilitators? No problem. Need an administrator to manage social elements, even if it's only an hour a day? We have it covered. Do you need a robust platform to deliver blended learning? We have one. Do you need content redesigned or parts converted to eLearning? Don't worry we have instructional designers and eLearning developers. We can even shoot video content for you.
So let your blended learning programmes become reality and let us take care of the logistics.
To find out more about how to deliver outstanding blended learning solutions, get in touch with us today.
Kerry Pascall, Head of Digital Learning, Bray Leino Learning
In my series of blogs you can expect some tips on implementing eLearning, what to consider when commissioning eLearning, design tips, software and authoring pro’s and con’s, and general advice on everything eLearning!
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