Blended Learning has been demonstrated as having significant benefits for learners and their organizations.
"In studies contrasting blends of online and face-to-face instruction with conventional face-to-face classes, blended instruction has been found to be significantly more effective."
US Dept of Education, 2010
A blended learning approach provides ultimate flexibility in presenting content. Complex topics can be presented in the classroom, while other subject matter can be available online. An online component, increases flexibility and convenience over how and when staff participate in learning.
Garrison and Kanuka (and other academics) have studied blended learning. Their research concludes that “blended learning … has the proven potential to enhance both the effectiveness and efficiency of meaningful learning experiences.”
With a well-planned blended learning strategy, it is possible to efficiently and quickly deliver learning to a broad audience. And with easily accessible web storage of all learning content, the potential for re-use is huge.
Including more web-based options in learning programmes saves on travel and time diverted from work. When delivering via the web, staff and trainer/facilitator travel costs are eliminated. When the venue is a desktop/laptop/tablet/smartphone, there is clearly a saving over large rooms!
Any learning that is not well implemented can create an isolating, impersonal experience. But a well-crafted blended solution can provide a seamless transition from classroom to computer or vice-versa. It is possible to design ways of continuing discussion themes and personalizing content to each individual's or team's specific job or interests.
6. Extended reach
Almost always, creating a blended learning strategy reduces classroom teaching time. By digitizing the expertise of talented instructors or subject-matter experts, it is possible to reach more people with high-quality content at a fraction of the cost. That frees up knowledgeable instructors to offer more classes, or create more training content, or work on other things.
7. Covers all learning styles
It’s always important to take learning styles into account when designing learning for adults. Effective blended learning is a “best of all worlds” solution that can help cater to all learning styles through a variety of mediums and techniques.
A more detailed article on our approach to Blended Learning is available here.
To discuss the use of our Institute as apart of your blended learning delivery, please contact the Institute Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or via the Contact Us facility.