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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

Make Sense of Modern Learning with Course Maps

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jul 20, 2017 1:15:00 PM

Training Magazine Network Recap

2017 July Week3 The Modern Learner Course Map_NEWS.jpgBlended learning, a once sufficient term, no longer describes the responsibility of our training programs. No live formal learning event will stand alone ever again. And tacking on additional “homework” after the lesson ends doesn’t count as blended learning. Our modern learners and organizations expect more.

How do we bring together all of the lessons, activities, and resources included in our modern learning instructional designs? More importantly, though, how do we bring these elements together in a way that clearly defines the program for our learners?

Jennifer Hofmann shared her solution during Training Magazine Network’s live online Masters Series. In the spirit of perpetual learning, this blog will detail her proven approach.

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Topics: Modern Learning, Modern Blended Learning, Course Maps

Fundamentals of Modern Instructional Design

Posted by Katelind Hays on Jun 13, 2017 2:22:44 PM

Training Magazine Network Recap

56888291_s.jpgTraining has a great track record of successfully teaching learners during formal events, but our programs often don’t address informal learning. And we know learners build critical skills during unstructured, non-facilitated events, like Googling a term or asking Holly in HR for guidance.

How does Learning & Development get better at the thing we’ve traditionally been bad at? Jennifer Hofmann, graciously hosted by Training Magazing Network, shared an answer with fellow practitioners recently.

Modern blended learning, Jennifer believes, should be the new training norm. Nothing we design stands alone anymore, and no moment of learning need goes unaddressed. Every resource, live event, and social collaborative opportunity exists in support of each other and our learners.

This blog recaps key elements of Jennifer’s session, The Right Stuff: A Model for Modern Blended Learning That’s out of This World. To review all wisdom shared, watch the full replay here

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Topics: Instructional Design, Modern Blended Learning