Sunday, August 17, 2014

Converting to a Distance Learning Format

Blended learning approaches are becoming more popular as learners desire to use the latest technology to develop personally and professionally. A blended learning approach gives learners the best of both worlds as they work with their peers and instructor(s) online and face-to-face. Designing a blended learning program is not easy. The process involves careful planning and strategic steps to implement the program effectively.

With a blended approach, you will cater to different learning styles. For example, learners who are not comfortable speaking in class may feel more comfortable sharing their thoughts in a written format virtually. Also, your role as a trainer will change because you will not have the visual cues of learner comprehension all the time. During the virtual components, you will have to rely on other cues such as silence, questioning, and other cues that indicate the learner is having trouble with the content. To encourage participation, set communication expectations early so learners know the level of participation that is required.

There is more to trainee development than just face-to-face training. Converting a face-to-face training session to a blended program will take hard work and dedication. This guide provides organized and systemic information on how to convert your face-to-face training to a blended distance-learning program. This guide includes helpful tools and tips to consider before, during, and after the conversion.

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