Everything You Wanted to Know about Blending Your Online Program
Many learners and learning organizations value in-person learning for various reasons; it creates time and space away from day-to-day work, can foster meaningful social interactions, and sometimes can be used as an indicator of investment in an employee’s growth. However, scaling up in-person learning experiences can be expensive. An effective method of reducing cost is to blend in-person learning with an online component. When designed well, these online components can complement in-person learning, and allows more flexibility in time and learning styles for learners.
Blending Your Online Program
In a recent webinar, Kana discussed tips on blending your online program. Specifically, she addressed some key questions:
1. What is an effective ratio of content that is delivered online or in-person?
The ratio between online learning and in-person learning in a blended program is usually decided by the budget, the time until launch, and the program leaders’ willingness. More budget and more time until launch will allow program providers to design the program more elaborately.
2. What content should program providers put online versus keep in-person?
Kana introduced Bloom’s taxonomy to help providers design clear and tangible learning objectives for the online components. Learning objectives at the bottom are generally easier to accomplish than the higher ones, which require more efforts and expertise. However, higher ones usually would result in better learning outcomes than bottom ones. Kana suggested blended program providers start from the bottom and gradually move to the top, so that the learning objectives are more achievable.
Along with hand-washing, disinfecting, and social distancing, Zoom has become part of life for many during the pandemic. However, the initial thrill of seeing distant colleagues on video conferences has given way to fatigue, anxiety, and distraction as we struggle to stay engaged.