For the past 16 years it’s been an InSync tradition to offer a free “Holiday* Stressbusters” session in late November. It’s meant to be a helpful, mostly-lighthearted look at ways of coping with things particular to the holidays: too many parties with too much food and, ahem, beverage, the feeling of being overwhelmed by so much planning and buying and wrapping and whatnot, dealing with the tensions of family gatherings, etc.
*We specify that this is nondenominational and nonspecific. I like to note the day in December 2006 I finished graduate Statistics. However, most session conversation does tend to gravitate toward Christmas.
Practitioners 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.
Modern Blended Learning,
Community of Practice,