There is an ongoing debate around instructor led versus self led learning approaches and the advantages or disadvantages each system brings to the learning environment. Is one method better than the other? Both approaches bring their own host of benefits and drawbacks in terms of cost, flexibility, productivity, learning experience, competency development, collaboration, and support. Is it possible for the two learning approaches to work together?
Industry leaders today are talking about applying a blended learning approach to the learning environment. Simply put, blended learning combines the benefits of instructor led learning with the benefits of self led learning to ensure the student gets the most out of the learning experience while the instructor gets the proper feedback to guarantee student success. The blended approach succeeds when you have the proper technologies, resources, knowledge and infrastructure that allows you to develop the process that is required to integrate the instructor led and self led programs.
iPal President, Brad Loiselle discusses the Harmonization of Learning Approach Systems in an article featured in the May 5th edition of the CSTD Newsletter. This article discusses how a blended learning approach can be successful and worthwhile if it has been set up properly and incorporates the necessary elements to not only support the students needs, but the instructor needs as well.
What are your thoughts on blended learning? Do you have examples of successful blended learning? Share with us!