Like we mentioned in our previous article, blended learning at its foundation is about identifying which type of learning experience makes the most sense for the content to be delivered – and making sure those modules (or pieces) of information are connected.
For example, a training program designed to help individuals give better presentations might be most effective when individuals have the opportunity to:
- Consider their own presentation strengths, weaknesses and style
- Watch effective presentations and consider what was done well, and on what could be improved
- Receive tips and tricks to delivering presentations, and then deliver actual live presentations and receive actual feedback on presentations of their own
So what might a blended learning approach look like considering the above example of presentation training? It might be made up of several learning components, each with a different objective in mind, but all with the same ultimate goal of improved presentation skills.
Possible Learning Components:
Component 1: (self-paced learning; personal reflection) Have participants complete a self-paced online assessment of their own presentation strengths, weaknesses and opportunities. In doing so, they can consider skills on which they can build, what they need to focus on improving and how they want to be perceived as a speaker.
Component 2: (multi-media formats) Assign a few videos of presentations and have participants take notes on techniques they like, what they would avoid and what stood out to them. Consider opening a discussion board so students can share ideas and thoughts on these presentations.
Component 3: (live, classroom training) Host an instructor-led session to deliver material about effective presentations, and during which participants have practical application opportunities to stand up and speak.
Component 4: (direct observation) Evaluate the program via online assessment, and observation of real participant presentations (if possible.) Adjust the content of your program as needed.
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