February 2016 #obsidianchat Summary
Time: 2:00 – 2:30PM 2/16/2016 twitter.com
For our first real foray into the world of Twitter chats this month, we dove head first with the topic of blended learning and the application in adult L&D. We wanted to hear from the learning community on the design and delivery of both blended learning method. During the chat, we posed four different questions to the group. Here’s a summary of our discussion.
Q1: What’s your understanding of blended learning?
We’re seeing companies jump ship from traditional learning approaches, and it’s important to know what the alternatives are. However, not all definitions are created equal, and what’s blended learning to one may not be the same for another. The responses were overwhelmingly similar, stating that blended learning includes several delivery methods, along with performance support and informal learning, while blended learning can also be blended; it has a bit more structure with the design including technology, people and various experiences.
@DuncanWIV tweeted that “Blended learning can be blended or not but serves an audience that is not located together or by a remote instructor”.
@ShaunaVaughan said “A1: Several delivery modalities used for different purposes, used in tandem as part of one learning program or solution” and “Blended and blended learning are similar, but it’s important to know that they are in fact, not the same.”
@mpsavage provided a reference link to understand more about Blended Learning: http://www.elearningguild.com/publications/index.cfm?id=48
Q2: What do you see as the biggest advantage of blended learning?
For the most part, all tweets had the same underlying message that blended learning allows for the use of multiple methods of delivery which in turn supports different learning styles. Here @SteveVictor
made the distinction that blended learning can be a more cost effective option and save time. In contrast, blended learning encompasses more technology and social learning, spread out over a longer period of time.
@ShaunaVaughan said “A2: advantage of blended is having variety of resources each with different purposes and objectives”. @mpsavage added that “It also allows for more targeted delivery based on specific competencies”.
For more advantages and disadvantages see http://elearningindustry.com/blended-learning-advantages-and-disadvantages-in-corporate-training
We also like this blog: http://theelearningcoach.com/elearning2-0/best-practices-in-blended-learning/
Q3: Based on your own experience, can you share a blended learning example?
As a learning organization, this question fascinated us. What are other people doing? How are they providing adult L&D globally? Although we did not get specific examples, it seems that everyone is embracing the blended approach for their design and development. If you have any good examples, let us know. We have included couple of case studies in the White paper we published on Blended Learning.
Q4: What skills do you think you need to develop in order to design and implement a successful blended learning program?
This is the question that broke the Internet. Okay, maybe not, but it definitely stirred up a lot of conversation. While responses varied, we found that there were some main takeaways:
- Start with the right team
- Be proficient with technologies and delivery methods
- Define your objectives and implementation strategy clearly at the start
These may read like ‘Starting a Project 101’, but they are important. We’ve all had that one project with floating objectives, or a team that just didn’t mesh. In order to build an effective blended learning program, preparation upfront is key.
We will talk about Gamification in next month’s #obsidianchat
, but if you are looking for more information about blended learning, please see our white paper: http://obsidianlearning.com/blog-admin/white_paper/obsidian-blended-learning-model/