Tag: blended learning

18 Dec 2020
blended learning

How to make blended learning more effective?

Things have changed vastly this year. It’s because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, training methods have also changed.

Earlier, trainers felt challenges because it was difficult to get the attention of learners in a classroom. But now it is not so. Getting their attention is tough when they are working from a room on a PC and a webcam. There can be many problems like technical issues, over-enthusiastic children and noisy pets. Someone must be there to handle them.

But with the use of blended learning, you can make sure that you get the best of your learner’s attention.

Blended learning is a new approach to education, in which classroom methods are integrated with online education. There are virtual classrooms also long with brick and mortar classrooms. So, students are a part of computer meditated instructional methodology and traditional methods.

It has been discovered that student learning is higher in blended learning as compared to online learning and offline learning.

After the pandemic hit the world, there has been a rethinking of priorities. Earlier, cost-cutting was the main focus of companies, now the main focus is to get some kind of social interaction in learning to boost the learning level.

The companies need to arrive at a mixture of asynchronous learning and synchronous learning.

Since blended learning also involves asynchronous learning, there have to be ways to ensure that there are more ways for this kind of learning to become more interactive. There has to be a measurement of results derived from this kind of learning. The learners can use such reference material such as CDs given to them for long term use. Asynchronous blended learning can also include learning kits or ebooks integrated with the website.

Code cards

Tangible materials can be given to the learners to ensure that they apply what they have learnt in the training. For example, code cards can be given to learners if they have been given the training. Code cards have serial numbers which imply that whoever gets them gets a serial number.

The trainer needs to give these code cards to specific individuals in a region where he is imparting training. So, whosoever reimburses those codes to get more information, has understood the training pitch and believes in it.

When those who have used the code cards, enter their numbers in a website, they can be led to a new quiz or a landing page. They can receive an immediate prize when they complete the quiz. This is how you get to know that your learners are interested in coming to the website and hence the trainer has been successful. The learners can get access to more elearning material through the website. The code cards can also include messages making sure that participants act on them like entering the code, being a part of the quiz and then earning an instant reward.

So, these cards are a way for the learners to take part in an elearning program on the website.

Flashcards

Flashcards can also be used during training sessions. They are to be used as reference pieces. They make sure trainers don’t forget anything during the training sessions.

These cards can be used during presentations. So, the salesperson can use it to pose a question to learners. They can also pose an important point during the presentation. Different cards can be used for training in different products and concepts. They can also be used for role-playing among different learners. When a certain role is given to a learner through the card, he can act upon the information mentioned on the card to make it more interesting.

So, these are how you can make blended learning, including both synchronous and asynchronous more interesting.

 

27 Nov 2020
Blended learning

Use of Blended learning is increasing

Blended classrooms are getting popular.

But what is blended learning all about?

But it all started with Covid 19 when organisations had to move to work from home. Due to work home, the companies have also been able to streamline their work.
Blended learning combines both offline learning i.e. which happens in classrooms and online learning. Blended learning is a mix of face-to-face learning and online learning. And blended learning consists of any parts including virtual classrooms, webinars, face-to-face training and one-to-one coaching.
The message while adopting blended learning is very clear, that is we must find opportunities to adapt in the face of adversity.
So, its a mix of personal learning and online learning. The main advantage of blended learning is that employees learning can be monitored by the office i.e. through video conferencing. So, it’s like keeping a tab on what they are doing.

  • Higher efficiency
    The University of Iowa did a study in the year 2018 to check how effective were blended classrooms i.e. classrooms conducted virtually. It was discovered that 95%of the students who were part of such programs got a grade C. The percentage of those who scored grade C were 82% in face-to-face training and 81% for online training. The advantage of blended elearning is that users can interact face-to-face with the learners and also have fun with quizzes and gamification. Therefore, these are the advantages of blended training:
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  • All learning needs are taken care of
    Blended learning ensures that all kinds of learning needs are satisfied. There might be some learners who learn through sound. For them, the elearning module has narration. But other learners learn through visual and writing/reading cues. Blended learning shows captions also through which visual learners can benefit. Learners who want writing/reading have quizzes, gamification, scenarios, roleplays, simulations to help them learn.
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  • Increased use of video conferencing software
    Due to the use of such software, face-to-face virtual sessions can be conducted. These sessions are quite useful once classrooms have been conducted on the same topic. The learners can ask questions in these sessions and also be a part of interactive activities. So, the blended learning sessions can also be started with asynchronous elearning and then followed by face-to-face virtual coaching.
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  • Reduced costs
    Cost reduction can be there in such blended learning programs. Its because instead of hiring trainers from outside, materials present online can be shown to the learners. This is an effective way to distribute information and save costs.
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  • Saving the environment
    It is also an advantage of blended learning. The learners don’t submit assignments on paper. They submit assignments which are a part of the elearning module online. Also, all the learning material is given online and users can easily download it. Since no travel to a seminar hall or a classroom is required with this form of learning, travel costs are quite less.

 
There are also a lot of challenges before blended learning. Although the staff gets to learn as per its convenience, it needs to be monitored well. This monitoring has to be done in terms of creating a discussion board for every course and making sure employees complete the modules on time.
Employees can also be awarded for distinctive performance in modules.
With blended classrooms, employees benefit in terms of learning at their own pace. The companies also benefit due to reduced pollution and reduced costs.

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He was a German psychologist who is known for discovering the forgetting curve. According to this curve, the biggest decline in memory happens within 20 minutes, and then 1 hour.