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How to implement blended learning successfully: 3 models, endless possibilities

Those who switch to blended learning need to dive into new teaching methods. For what works in the traditional physical classroom is less effective in a virtual, interactive environment (and vice versa). For example, it's essential to ensure people stay involved in between meetings. And if implemented correctly, blended learning can make live sessions a lot more interesting. After all, participants who have perused training materials in their own time can take part in live discussions on a much deeper level.



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Various blended learning models can help you achieve this. You can create a comprehensive mix. To determine which models work best for a training course, you should consider different aspects. Examples include the purpose of the training course, your target group's knowledge level, and the time and resources available to participants.

In this blog post, we'll discuss three useful blended learning models. Depending on your training, you can use them separately or combine them.  In any case, let these models inspire you!


1. Structured model

You organize weekly or monthly live meetings, and you want to get the most out of each. So, thorough prep work is essential. How to go about it? By flipping the classroom,  which means participants peruse the theory independently so you can focus on in-depth discussions and interaction during live meetings.

This model is perfect if you want to make a cautious switch to blended learning. It's not radically different from traditional methods, but you will reap the benefits of increased commitment, more in-depth discussions, and more communication.


2. Flex model

When it comes to blended learning, independent learning is crucial. Ultimately, though, it should result in increased collaboration and interaction. The flex model strikes the right balance between individual study and guidance and collaborative learning, which allows participants to join forces and learn from each other.

Group assignments challenge them to collaborate. You should always offer people the opportunity to ask each other and the trainer questions in between sessions, so they won't ever feel that they have to figure things out alone.

This model is perfect for those who organize live, hybrid, or online training courses. The term ‘flexible’ is included for a reason!


3. Experiential learning model

‘What do participants need?’ That's the central question that characterizes this model. With experiential learning, you constantly tailor training materials to the participant's individual needs. You schedule an X number of meetings in advance but determine their content as you go. How? By responding to participants’ experiences and questions. Based on the information they provide, the trainer or coach creates training materials.


The right model in the right blended learning environment

No matter the model you use, you'll need a blended learning environment that offers enough functionalities and flexibility to make your training successful. Want to explore the options? Feel free to contact LearningStone. Or create a free workspace now!

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