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Designing blended learning for the workplace

A learning platform or a LMS has to fit into a complete design for learning where it has to serve its purpose. In designing a blended learning solution the choice of the media is one of the last steps to be taken. Clive Shepherd, Learning Technologist, has a clear and balanced view on blended Learning. The following series of five videos offers a complete and well-structured lecture on key questions for designing blended learning specifically aimed at the workplace. 


Good stuff for anyone involved in blended learning!


Foundations - Blended learning - part 1

-       What's the case for blended learning?

-       What's so new about the idea of blended learning?

-       Isn't blended learning just a euphemism for e-learning?

-       Aren't blended solutions just another way of bundling up the same old formal learning approaches?

-       When is blended learning appropriate?

-       So, is blended learning always the right option?

-       There's some disagreement about what the term 'blended learning' actually means. How do you define it?

Talking about blended learning - part 1 - foundations


Analyzing the situation - Blended learning - part 2


-       How should someone set about designing a blended solution?

-       What impact does the learning requirement have on your design decisions?

-       What audience characteristics have the biggest impact on your design?

-       What difference do the constraints and opportunities make to your design decisions?

Talking about blended learning - part 2 - analysing the situation


Selecting methods - Blended learning - part 3

-       What's your next step once you've analyzed the situation?

-       How do you begin deciding which methods to use?

-       How do the various social contexts for learning compare?

-       What options do you have in terms of an overall learning strategy?

-       How do social contexts and learning strategies interact?

-       Why start with methods rather than technologies for learning?

Talking about blended learning - part 3 - selecting methods


Selecting media - Blended learning - part 4

-       What choices do you have when it comes to delivering your strategy?

-       Why would you want to conduct a learning activity on a face-to-face basis?

-       What value do offline media have in an online world?

-       Surely online delivery is fast becoming your default choice?

-       What about the telephone? What value can that have for learning?

-       So our last consideration has been media. Why is that?

Talking about blended learning - part 4 - selecting media


In conclusion - Blended learning - part 5

-       How would you summarize the blended learning design process?

-       What guarantee is there that you'll end up with a solution that is both effective and efficient?

Talking about blended learning - part 5 - in conclusion


Video's copyright of Clive Shepherd