By simply examining and measuring the blend of technology and human interaction for enhancing efficiency and optimising performance, one can understand that blended learning offers a combination of traditional, instructor-led learning with independent IT-based learning.
From providing an optimised hybrid training program for corporations to educating the next generation of learners in the education industry to staying current with continuous professional development skills – the use of blended learning is nothing new, but it has been used a lot more not only as an 'add-on' option but as 'The' option in most industries since March 2020 in most industries where new learning, skills updates, information sharing, and organisational communication are all essential.
Blended learning differs from e-learning in that the latter lacks the human component (i.e., the teacher). Since the outbreak, some organisations have been forced to move all of their business online, despite never having done so previously.
As a result, there were laggards and others who couldn't make it. The transformation necessitates new training, IT infrastructure investment, and a rethinking of business strategies, all of which are equally necessary. Although there have been discussions regarding what works and what doesn't when it comes to implementing blended learning, the hybrid model of learning must be here to stay, therefore the question now is how to maximise its use and efficacy.
What strategies work best for learning and how do people learn?
It is a question that several disciplines have attempted to answer from their own perspectives and practises, but some of the common tenets that help understand the sources or methods of learning – by observing others at work, by trying it out and through experiential learning, by collaborating with others, by practising skills in a safe and simplified environment, by reading, watching, or listening – are listed below. Today, there is no shortage of free online resources, but there is an issue of 'choice' and being selective with the stuff one chooses (and which ones are genuine and useful vs those that are bluff and superficial only).
Blended learning is used in a variety of ways, depending on the sector. Incorporating training programmes, for example, a mixed approach saves time by collecting training feedback physically while also recording essential data about your employees' performance progress through online quizzes and exams. At the same time, the blended learning technique aids in determining the effectiveness of an entire training programme, because the recorded feedback from employees acts as a training strategy evaluation tool for future reference and growth, as well as a performance measurement tool.