Blended Learning – Without the numbers!

In the early noughties, when online learning (okay e-learning, but I am trying so hard to lose the “e”) started to take off, the shiny new thing was Blended Learning.

Right from my earliest days selling Computer Based Training (CBT) – this when the internet was little more than an idea – I would say to my customers “Using only CBT is as bad as only using Instructor Led Training”. Because it was always only common sense that there had to be some sort of mix or blend.

Then some smart aleck coined the term “Blended Learning”, and I was often amused when people said “E-learning doesn’t work – that’s why we need Blended Learning”. My standard retort “Well actually, when I was taught how to deliver classroom training, one of the good principles of Instructional Design was to use a variety of media, choosing the right medium for the learning objective”. So other than the fact that we now have computers as a delivery medium, what has changed. The basic principles stay the same. Read more

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