Sometimes Two is Better Than One: Blended Learning

While both traditional classroom-based learning and more modern online-only e-learning have proven to be effective in their own right over the years, they both tend to suffer from their own respective shortcomings. Classroom learning has a reputation for being slow, inconvenient, and cost-inefficient, whereas e-learning has a reputation for being impersonal, ‘one-size-fits-all’, and not as engaging. Of course these shortcomings are simply generalizations, but more often than not, they do hold some merit.

Due to these shortcomings, sometimes the best route is to combine the strengths of the two into a single blended learning course. Doing so can form a powerful system that reaches learners in ways that one type of training may not accomplish on its own. For example, a blended learning course can allow for irreplaceable face-to-face interactions, while still allowing for the aggregation of the course’s data into an LMS database, making the administration of the course much easier and more effective. Or perhaps the blended learning course allows for the trainer to alter their explanations to each individual students’ needs, while automatically grading homework that the students complete online.

As you can see, blending together classroom training with e-learning can be a powerful combination. So the next time you’re planning on developing a new course, take a moment to ask yourself, ‘would this be most effective in-person, online, or would I get the most bang for my buck from a blended learning course?’