Over the past couple of years I have put in a solid core training framework for my organisation. Now is the time to take it forward to another level......by putting in place a blended approach to learning.
I thought it would be interested to ask my linked in network what blended learning meant to them. An interesting set of responses - check out some examples:
"Blended development is the mixing and mashing of different software/web) development frameworks. I can't imagine it otherwise than being or becoming a mess actually."
Brendan Duffy provides a perhaps more business focused view:
"I notice that more of my clients in Europe expect all major learning programs to be 'blended' driven by cost, travel, workload, organisational and flexibilty issues; in highly distributed and virtual organisations it is increasinlgly difficult to get all of the people in the same room at the same time"
This is something I can certainly associate with even with learning programs that are just in the UK!
Another linked in contract provides another valuable view:
"Because adults do not learn best using all the same style, blended learning is able to pull the "best of the best" for a particular topic and deliver it to the learners in a way that has greater impact than if just one delivery method (e.g. self study or videos) were used. It typically involves a more robust learning model, such as: show me, teach me, let me try, and test me."
And finally.....a simple definition from a long lost linked in colleague:
"Tell Me I Forget, Show Me I remember, Involve Me I Understand"
Well, for me the blended bit certainly means providing a variety of channels for people to learn. These don't all have to be training channels such as eLearning or Classroom courses. For me picking up on the 'Involve me I understand' view is creating your own learning experiences through on the job work or stretch assignments.
Would love to hear more of your views....