Blended learning is basically a learning solution that comprises a mix of two or more strategies, such as e-learning, mobile learning, micro learning, spaced practice, game-based learning, performance support systems, face-to-face training, webinars, etc.
According to the 70:20:10 L&D framework, 70% of all learning in the workplace happens on-the-job; 20% of learning takes place through social interactions with peers and experts, while only 10% happens through formal, structured programs.
As strong advocates of the 70:20:10 framework and opponents of the learning-as-an event mindset, we regularly look beyond typical e-learning courses at the possibilities offered by these strategies. Here’s a glimpse of what we do to arrive at a successful blend that achieves the intended goals:
- Focus on performance-based outcomes
- Deeply consider the audience, their context, and any practical limitations of the solution
- Include a healthy mix of self-paced learning and social, supported elements
- Build in ample opportunities for retrieval and practice
Why it works:
- Blended learning takes advantage of all the included elements; so the best of all the elements can be combined to provide a stunning learning experience and clear results
- It breaks the monotony for learners and offers variety
- It provides more flexibility for learning and practical application than any single solution can ever hope to achieve