“Blended Learning” is a somewhat formal term for creating a learning experience that comes from more than one source. Frequently, learning environments and systems will try to create a learning experience that consists of one single “training type”, like a single online course or live training session. As you can probably guess, this is not always the most effective solution. Though there are many industry buzz-words like “Hybrid Learning” and “Mixed-Mode Instruction” that go hand-in-hand with “Blended Learning”, they all boil down to the same “blended learning” principal which is that people can’t always learn everything about a subject from a single source.
Actually, almost all true learning experiences are “Blended Learning” experiences. For example, if you want to learn how to use a sophisticated new software program, you will most likely turn to a number of sources. You may start with a seminar or live class on the basics of using the software. Then when you return home, you may watch a few videos on YouTube and search a couple of online forums for “tips and tricks”. Very rarely does a person learn everything they need to know about a subject from one single source.
Though this may seem like a fairly intuitive and easy-to-understand concept, many Learning Management Systems and platforms struggle to enable their users to learn in this way. Many Training Systems were built for a single purpose, the delivery of online training courses. These short-sighted, restrictive systems only facilitate the delivery of online training content, and expect that to be enough to provide a thorough training experience.
EZ LCMS on the other hand, was built with Blended Training at its core. Every “Course” in your catalog can be constructed with online training modules, live training sessions, links to online resources, videos, and more. When building a “Course” in EZ LCMS, you are encouraged to build a robust experience for your Learners that provides them with resources and learning experiences beyond the simple “Online Lesson”.
For example, instead of building a course on the “Basics of MS Excel” that looks like this:
The Basics of MS Excel:
- Lesson 1
- Lesson 2
- Lesson 3
- Lesson 4
It might be wise to build a “Basics of MS Excel” course that looks like this:
The Basics of MS Excel:
- A Video introduction to MS Excel (5 minute video)
- Getting to know the MS Excel User Interface (Live class every Thursday at 7:00 PM)
- MS Excel User Interface Quick reference sheet (PDF)
- Formatting a spreadsheet in MS Excel (Online Lesson)
- Formatting “Quick Quiz”
- Performing calculations in MS Excel (Online Lesson)
- Calculations “Quick Quiz”
- The “MS Excel User’s group” basic tips and tricks (online forum)
- “Taking MS Excel to the next level” YouTube video by John Doe.
- “The Basics of MS Excel” Conclusion and summary (5 minute video)
- MS Excel training survey
In most cases, building a blended learning experience for you students that works in harmony with the way students normally learn, is the most effective way to provide training. And using the EZ LCMS Learning Management System, creating a blended learning program is very easy. Give it a try for yourself with the EZ LCMS 15 Day Free Trial and see how easy blended learning can be.