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Blended learning is now well established, but content is advancing and improving all the time. Lynsey Whitmarsh from Hemsley Fraser looks at eight ways to curate your learning content to guarantee the best mix for employees.
What’s the connection between Netflix and blended learning? At first glance, the US entertainment company which streams online movies and TV shows has little to do with corporate training. But it’s all about expectations. We live in an on-demand world, where the things we want are just a click away. And learning has to follow suit.
Blended learning is nothing new. L&D teams have always known that individuals might attend a face-to-face learning intervention six months before - or after - they experience any of the issues or challenges they need to learn about.
The first blended programmes incorporated e-learning, to inform delegates prior to the face-to-face aspect - and to give them reference materials that they could access as a just-in-time refresher when the issue or challenge arose.
This concept of pulling together different modes of learning - to improve effectiveness and the user experience - was sound.
However, in practice, people often felt let down by the e-learning courses, many of which were dull, unwieldy and prolonged. Essentially, the experience wasn’t great for the learner, which in turn had a direct effect on perception and uptake.
New to the mix
Today, a range of alternative resources are available including bite-sized pieces of learning, such as interactive activities that learners can watch, read or try - and micro-topic videos, which focus on specific business issues, offering key points and practical summaries.
This means that ‘next-generation’ blended learning programmes can now deliver an engaging,