Blended learning has drawn L&D professionals’ attention in the last decade. The question of whether it is effective or not concerns many training personnel. It all comes down to “balance.” But what does blended learning blend, and in what proportion to create an effective learning experience?
Let’s understand the idea behind blended learning and answer the questions mentioned above by explaining the blended learning models.
Blended Learning: Striking A Balance between Online and Offline
Blended learning is a balanced approach to learning combining virtual learning and traditional classroom training. Unlike eLearning, blended learning does not replace physical, instructor-led learning. Instead, the instructor uses technology to boost learners’ understanding and improve their learning experience.
For instance, in the online element of blended learning, an instructor will share a video that learners can watch at home, send their reviews via email, and later discuss it in the classroom. Blended learning also differs from virtual learning in that learners have to complete both physical and online learning modules.
Models of Blended Learning
Blended learning is extremely flexible, but that is where it gets difficult to implement. There are many tools and strategies available, and you have to balance everything. This may overwhelm the learning professionals.
Here are six principal models of blended learning that you can incorporate using your traditional and automated learning management software:
1. Online Driver Model
The online driver model is in contrast with traditional brick-and-mortar studying. It depends on digital platforms to deliver the entire training. The online driver model uses both asynchronous training (learners take online courses at their own pace) and synchronous training (peer to peer training, live webinars).
You do not need live face to face meetings with the online driver model. Nonetheless, you can arrange them if necessary.
2. Face to Face Driver Model
This blended learning model is the closest to your conventional classroom learning. Under this learning approach, those struggling will take additional online training to improve their learning. The rest of the learners can take traditional classroom training per the requirements.
3. Flipped Classroom Model
The flipped classroom model follows the “online learning, offline application” approach. This blended learning mode reverses practical homework and lectures so that learners take new lectures at home before a class. The time in class is devoted to the application of what they learn at home.
The flipped classroom model promotes active learning and social learning through project work, discussions, and case studies. The role of the instructor is to guide them if they have questions or ensure that they apply the course concepts.
4. Rotation Model
The rotation model of blended learning breaks the classroom into small groups of learners. Each group performs different tasks in turns. They carry out some activities in person, whereas other tasks are done online. The rotation model tends to the varying needs of learners based on the idea that people have different learning styles. This way, everyone gets to benefit from the learning.
5. Individual Rotation Model
This blended learning model is similar to the rotation model, but here an instructor or a special algorithm defines the individual learning path. The learner does not have to take all the training modules. They can only visit the courses that are part of their schedule.
You can do it manually or use an automated learning management software that sends out alerts to employees and schedule training for them based on their individual needs. Check out Axis LMS’ features.
6. Flex Model
This model empowers learners to take control of their learning. Employees can choose training modules for themselves and move from one task to another based on their specialized learning needs. The activities are offline and online, and the instructor is always present to guide them when needed.
Launching A Blended Learning Model
If you have decided to launch blended learning to match the learning needs of your employees, follow these steps:
Step 1: Set Goals
Set learning objectives and goals that you want to achieve with blended learning. For instance, you want to empower employees to take control of their learning, or you might want to promote social learning.
Step 2: Pick A Model
Your goals will determine the type of model appropriate for your organization. You can also embed two or more models but ensure that you maintain them since each model requires a different classroom design and tools.
Step 3: Obtain Right Content & Tools
You will need a learning management system software for online learning. Every organization has varying needs. You may need authoring tools to create training content and performance evaluation tools.
Step 4: Redesign Classroom
You might have to redesign your learning environment based on your selected model. The overall learning environment should be engaging.
Step 5: Launch It
Launch your blended learning model and organize your learning process. Be patient and see how it pans out.
Incorporate Atrixware’s LMS for online courses and employee training. Atrixware offers Axis LMSto incorporate blended learning. It is easy to customize and configure. Try a free demo today or contact them for more information.