THE ASTD E-LEARNING HANDBOOK

BEST PRACTICES, STRATEGIES, AND CASE STUDIES
FOR AN EMERGING FIELD


Allison Rossett, Editor

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What is "blended learning?"

"It is the use of two or more distinct methods of training. This may include combinations such as:
  • blending classroom instruction with on-line instruction
  • blending on-line instruction with access to a coach or faculty member
  • blending simulations with structured courses
  • blending on-the-job training with brown bag informal sessions
  • blending managerial coaching with e-learning activities"
Read more in Elliott Masie's chapter, Blended Learning: The Magic Is in the Mix
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Why use a blended solution?

Elliott Masie says, "People are not single-method learners!" Because of this, contends Masie, it is inevitable that we use more than one method in the learning process.
"People are not single-method learners!"
Oftentimes, we like to discuss what we've read or, vice versa, read more in print about something we've viewed on the web or heard from a colleague. Masie argues, "that we are, as a species, blended learners." He continues on to describe how traditional classroom instruction has even unconsciously used blended solutions. "Good instructors have always combined great storytelling (an audio process), with print and whiteboard words and graphics (a reading process), with takeaway tools or even homework," says Masie. 

Read more in Elliott Masie's chapter, Blended Learning: The Magic Is in the Mix.
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What does the future of blended learning look like?

"We can imagine at least two future state variations of blended learning that are intriguing:
  • The course that never ends! Why do we ever want to graduate or end a course, if we can provide ongoing digital learning and performance support for the learner? We predict that you will see a number of perpetual courses in the future.
  • Linking style preference/dominance to the blend! If we know which styles of learning work best for a learner, we can start to provide blends that are appropriate on an individualized level. In the classroom, I know there are always a few learners who will stay after the end of class to have a more detailed dialogue with the trainer-and I know which ones will never approach me with a question. I alter my in-class training techniques to honor and engage both sets of learners. As we build blended learning, we should be able to either manually or automatically honor these style differences!"
Read more in Elliott Masie's chapter, Blended Learning: The Magic Is in the Mix.
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