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9 Terms That Create the Language of Modern Blended Learning

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jan 16, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Access Complete Modern Blended Learning Blog Series and Subscribe The time has finally come to take the ‘e’ out of eLearning. (Pause for applause...)Language of Modern Blended Learning

Words matter -- especially when trying to communicate new ideas and teach new concepts. Terms like microlearning, virtual classrooms, and mobile learning no longer resonate with our learners.

In this modern learning landscape, the old training language just doesn’t work anymore. Terms like ‘eLearning’ and ‘webinar’ just don’t represent what the modern instructional designer, or Learning Experience Architect, is trying to accomplish.

Their goal is to integrate content, exercises, and assessment, into a seamless curriculum, regardless of what delivery technologies or instructional pedagogies are used.

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Topics: Blended learning, Modern Learning, 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs

Reimagine Your Role: ATD TechKnowledge 2017

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jan 12, 2017 4:00:00 PM

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I'll tell you a secret. I enjoy speaking at ATD TechKnowledge more than I do ATD ICE. The people at this conference are so focused on a common goal - using EdTech to support the learning function. Everyone you talk to has a story to tell and a problem to solve - and I believe I learn more from the attendees then they learn from me!

If you attended and have feedback or would like to continue the conversation reach out to me on Twitter @InSyncJennifer #ATDTK.

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Topics: Blended learning, Conferences, Learning Experience Architect

Sorting Through the EdTech Toolbox: 6 Blended Learning Tool Categories

Posted by Phylise Banner on Jan 12, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Access Complete Modern Blended Learning Blog Series and Subscribe Blended Learning EdTechWe keep saying that technology is just a tool, but what do we really mean? I have a full toolbox out in the garage, but I have to admit that I’ve used a shoe to hammer a nail into the wall on more than one occasion.

Are we using the right tools to design, develop, deliver, facilitate, produce, and curate learning? Or, are we using our shoes, staplers, or anything sturdy enough that we have on hand to get the job done?

In the end, does it really matter?

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Topics: Blended learning, EdTech, 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs

Redefining Instructional Design for Modern Blended Learning

Posted by Phylise Banner on Jan 11, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Access Complete Modern Blended Learning Blog Series and Subscribe As the world evolves around us, the scope of modern blended learning shifts constantly. Within that shift, how do we define modern instructional design?

We know that our work is impacted by evolutions in learning theories, technologies, and the way humans have adapted to new technologies. In all of this change, one key thing remains coDesign Thinking  Blended Learningnstant -- we design to meet the needs of our learners in their moments of learning need.

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Topics: Blended learning, Instructional Design, 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs

The Learning Experience Architect: Reimagining Your Role

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jan 9, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Access Complete Modern Blended Learning Blog Series and Subscribe Architect.jpgHow are you handling all of the changes in the new Learning and Development landscape?

If you’re like me, you’re realizing that having a narrow professional focus isn’t an option anymore. Instead, you’re broadening your approach in order to stay current. You are curating content, participating in learning communities, and learning to build content using new edtech. It's definintely not the job you signed up for, is it?

It's time to reimagine your role. 

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Topics: Blended learning, 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs

Designing Your Personal Learning Path: A Blended Learning Approach

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jan 6, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Access Complete Modern Blended Learning Blog Series and Subscribe When we talk about the modern learning experience it’s important to remBlended Learning Personal Learning Pathember that we are all modern
learners. It’s easy to lose sight of that fact when we spend our days designing learning experiences for others. You have a choice in how you learn, just like the learners you're developing and designing training content for. 

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Topics: Blended learning, Social Learning, 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs

What Is Technology? How Does it Relate to Learning?

Posted by Bobby Carlton on Jan 5, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Access Complete Modern Blended Learning Blog Series and Subscribe What do computers, mobile phones, robotics have in common with a pencil, to-go cups from your local coffee shop, or an idea for better work flow? The answer is simple. They are all forms of technology. Technology is anything that was designed with the goal of having a purpose. Yes, a mobile phone is a great piece of technology, but so is the pencil, and those to-go cups you get from your local coffee shop.Edtech Blended Learning

Technology starts off as an idea, and evolves into a plan or concept, continues to grow and then evolves until we have a solution. And even with a solution, sometimes the technology will continue to grow with newer ideas and newer solutions. That is what technology is. And it is always evolving.

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Topics: Blended learning, EdTech, 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs

How Is Designing Modern Blended Learning Different? HINT: Creativity

Posted by Phylise Banner on Jan 4, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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When I was a kid, I designed what I thought was the world’s coolest car. I designed it with retractable wings so we could fly out of heavy traffic. It had big fat rubber tires in case I was challenged to a race.  I also designed my car so that the backseat passenger could Blended Learning Instructional Designstand up and pop their head through a glass bubble on top of the roof of the car! Why not? 

As I got older, my vision of the coolest car changed. I found myself thinking more practically. I ditched the retractable wings and the backseat roof bubble for better safety ratings and better storage. Basically, what happened was that I stopped being creative, and I became practical.

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Topics: Blended learning, Instructional Design, 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs

The Role of Virtual Classrooms in Modern Blended Learning

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jan 3, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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Live online learning has been a part of  the corporate learning mix for nearly two decades. Initially, virtual classrooms supported a specific, logistical need: delivering content to a live audience in the different physical locations.Virtual Classroom Modern Blended Learning

The modern workplace has evolved so much that the way we work and learn is almost unrecognizable compared to 20 years ago. The learning function must accommodate a constantly changing culture where learners perform multiple jobs with minimal preparation because of limited resources. We all could use more energy, staff, and money! 

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Topics: Blended learning, Virtual Classroom, 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs

2017: The Year of Blended Learning, Emerging EdTech, & Modern Design

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Jan 2, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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Welcome to 2017, the year when it all comes together. Learning technologies (EdTech), communities of practice, lifelong learning, and the myriad other great concepts we’ve been hearing about for the last two decades. This is the year learning professionals have a common New Year’s Resolution for 2017: we are going to provide the best content to our learners, using the best technology, and ensure that it is delivered to the right place at the right time.  Modern blended learning is the future of training

Of course, to meet this resolution, we need to be learners first. There are so many resources available to us, and it’s difficult to figure out where to start. It’s even more difficult to narrow down the topics we should focus on. 

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Topics: Blended learning, Virtual Classroom, Modern Learning, 50 Modern Blended Learning Blogs