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The Modern Learner

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Oct 19, 2017 1:05:00 PM

36874840_s.jpgIf you are on any learning related email lists, you’ve been seeing the word “modern” quite often over the last 12 months. Modern learning, modern workplace, modern design, and so on.

What does it mean? And why do we need to make that distinction?

Some would argue that technology is driving the need to redefine learning, and it's time to throw out the old ways of doing things. I would argue that technologies come and go, and it is the learners who are driving the need for modernization of the learning function.

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Topics: Modern Learning, Modern Workplace, Modern Blended Learning

The Future of Instructional Design

Posted by Katelind Hays on Sep 28, 2017 12:58:37 PM

Virtually There Session Recap

20775814_s.jpgThe future of learning has arrived!  With virtual reality, gamification, and microlearning, we now have access to a wide variety of strategies, techniques, and technologies when creating our blended learning programs. But how do we make sense of all the options and engage our learners, while also addressing their individual needs?

Jennifer Hofmann explored and defined the future of instructional design during her recent Virtually There learning event. In this blog post, we will explore three key elements: learning hubs, learning campaigns, and learning paths.

Watch the entire recording for additional in-depth information and helpful resources.

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Topics: Virtually There, Modern Blended Learning, Blended Learning Campaigns, Blended Learning Instructional Design

Evaluating and Assessing Modern Blended Learning Outcomes

Posted by Charles (Chip) Dye on Sep 26, 2017 1:15:00 PM

31944785_s.jpgIn discussing the concept of “blended learning,” we have previously stated that, “modern blended learning is selecting the most appropriate delivery technology based on learning objectives, with consideration of time, place, and space.” So it is, that as we consider how to assess a blended learning solution, we need to look at that statement and look at the objectives that required a training solution in the first place – finis origine pendet – “the end depends upon the beginning”.

When a blended solution is implemented, it is directed at providing learners with the opportunity to master/complete a particular set of individual learning objectives. To assess such a training approach, many will stop there, and seek to assess against the individual objectives, absent any consideration of the delivery method or specific organizational outcome that drove the individual learning objective treatment in time, place, or space.

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Topics: Assessment, Modern Blended Learning

Making Blended Learning Happen

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Sep 19, 2017 3:05:29 PM

53325742_s.jpgBlended learning incorporates a variety of ways to deliver learning materials and activities, and selecting delivery approaches is part of the instructional design process.

The approaches you select will depend on who the learners are, what objectives have been developed, what methods of assessing learning you have designed in alignment with those objectives, and whether or not collaboration will enhance the learning experience.

After establishing all of that, we still need to decide where, when, and how this blend of learning is going to be delivered.

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Topics: Blended learning, Modern Blended Learning

Using Virtual Reality to Improve Memory

Posted by Jenny Holt on Sep 14, 2017 1:15:00 PM

With modern blended learning, we strive to build skills beyond the classroom, and support learners in how they work and live. Guest blogger Jenny Holt explores an exciting aspect of the digital age. It's a helpful starting point for learning and development professionals asking, "How can we increase the impact of EdTech?"

69545791_s.jpgVirtual spaces and video games are more than just a fun way to spend the evening after work or school. In recent years, researchers have been looking into virtual reality as a way for people to cope with a number of problems, both mental and physical, including:

  • Overcoming eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia, and obesity
  • Fixing stuttering and speech problems
  • Getting over phobias and irrational fears
  • Stopping substance abuse
  • Controlling negative behaviors associated with autism
  • Sensory stimulation and pain relief
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Topics: Modern Blended Learning, Virtual Reality

Finding Balance in Blended Learning

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Sep 12, 2017 1:07:21 PM

43150614_s.jpgIn a recent blog post, we described modern blended learning as the realization of a harmonic balance of instructional, technical, organizational, and delivery components in support of learner engagement and achievement.

In order to find and establish that harmonic balance, we need to start with our learning objectives, consider where, when, and how our learners are learning, and then determine the best way to deliver that learning.

Yes, once again, it all starts with learning objectives.

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Topics: Modern Blended Learning, Blended Learning Instructional Design, Learning Objectives

Get Your Head in the Game

Posted by Katelind Hays on Sep 7, 2017 2:51:41 PM

72222791_s.jpgWe know that bells and whistles don’t always improve training experiences. Throwing more EdTech into our learning environments without consideration for its relevance or effectiveness often has a counter-productive effect – learners focus more on the technology than on the content.

The same holds true for leveraging trending instructional design models. If we jump on every “hot new trend” bandwagon, we can easily miss the mark of constructive modern blended learning. Each approach we choose to incorporate into our blends must have a purpose – authentically addressing an individual learning objective.

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Topics: Gamification, Modern Blended Learning, Blended Learning Instructional Design, Game-Based Learning

From the Experts: Designing Modern Blended Learning

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Sep 5, 2017 1:36:55 PM

March_2017_Designing_modern_blended_learning_(1).jpgModern blended learning is a solution to the challenges and obstacles we face when designing engaging, effective, and applicable learning. But before we go any further, we would like to clear up a few common misconceptions.

To start, modern blended learning is not just the same topic taught multiple ways. It is not always situated within a formal event led by an instructor. And it is not about teaching the same materials through a new form of technology delivery.

What is modern blended learning then?

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Topics: Engagement, Modern Blended Learning, Learner Experience

What's Different About Blended Learning?

Posted by Jennifer Hofmann on Aug 10, 2017 4:08:31 PM

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When it comes down to the nuts and bolts of instructional design, the methodology you use should not be very different when designing a stand-alone traditional classroom course, e-learning module, or a blended learning curriculum. 

The foundational models are the same. We need to analyze needs, design a learning strategy, and develop and implement content. So the framework, or the model, is not different.

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Topics: Modern Blended Learning, Blended Learning Instructional Design

3 Options for Implementing Informal Learning

Posted by Katelind Hays on Aug 8, 2017 1:00:00 PM

9342843_s.jpgPractitioners and experts alike believe that modern learning is blended learning. Gone are the days where events, job aids, or resources stand alone. Ideally, we strive to create learning ecosystems that support our learners whenever they have a moment of need, whether it’s in the classroom or back on the job.

Fundamentally, informal learning constitutes a critical part of every blend. And while many learning professionals understand its value, we’re struggling to gain support from our learners and stakeholders. Try one (or all!) of these three options to more purposefully include informal elements in your modern blended learning.

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Topics: Authentic Learning, Modern Blended Learning, Informal Learning, Community of Practice, Embedded Learning