One of the most obvious advantages of blended learning is the ability to maximize effectiveness by matching the best medium for each learning objective or course segment. What’s the hard
evidence that a blended learning approach can deliver benefits? When American Express
conducted a study of the ROI on different types of training for 2000 of their managers, they found that blended learning delivered a 12% increase in productivity.
"The term blended learning is used to describe a solution that combines several different delivery methods, such as collaboration software, web-based courses, EPSS and knowledge management practices. Blended learning also is used to describe learning that mixes various event-based activities, including face-to-face classroom, live e-learning, and self-paced instruction." - Purnima Valiathan
Here are some of the ways learning can be blended:
- Classroom - Good for workshops, coaching, exercises on activites and paper-based tests.
- Self-Paced E-Learning - Good for simulations, online case studies, interactive learning modules, email
- Live E-Learning - Good for application exercises, online coaching, interaction between students, online feedback, assessment, chats and instant messaging (source: Blended Learning by Ron Kurtus)
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