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Five Innovative Examples of Blended Learning
Blended learning is becoming the standard model for instruction.
Blended learning is becoming the standard model for instruction. Many organizations blend face-to-face instruction with online learning, and others implement creative, unique methods for their audience and business objectives. Check out these examples and see whether one sparks ideas for your needs:
Ticketmaster is enhancing classroom training with job aids, synchronous live training and electronic support tools to merge work and learning. Chris Stewart, instructional technology manager, uses knowledge banks, mentoring and shadowing as additional components.
“We want to provide the knowledge in the classroom through a webinar or a self-paced class and complement that with a real-world opportunity to demonstrate and practice those skills with a mentor or explore that knowledge through a shadowing opportunity,” Stewart said. “You can’t truly replicate the workplace in the classroom or virtually, so the blended learning pieces that are outside of the normal training scope become powerful development tools.”
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Jim Bertelsen, instructional design manager, uses online communities of practice, group blogs and wikis to “extend the conversation long beyond the duration of the course, retain only those who are interested and bring in others who may not have been in the course to begin with. You could never have as much focused discussion in a room as you can in an online environment.”
Target works to be on the cutting edge of retail, fashion trends and pop culture, and its approach to learning is also cutting-edge. Target is experimenting with new collaboration tools such as blogs, wikis and podcasting while maintaining a balance with traditional forms of teaching and facilitation.
“Evaluating our current training programs often involves re-engineering current courseware and traditional instructor-led training (ILT) to include more blended learning solutions,” said Michael Sunnarborg, senior training specialist. “These solutions may range from providing coaching workshops, facilitated e-learning or opportunities for learners to attend an open lab.”
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