Blended Learning

Blended Learning is an extremely powerful approach when designed well. As you would expect from the name, we blend two other approaches together. The blending we are talking about combines Digital Learning, or online learning, with in person learning. It aims to bring together the best of both approaches.

We’ve built blended learning solutions in a number of ways that work perfectly for the client and the intended learners. Let’s explore some of these.

Digital Learning for Preparation

One approach is to use Digital Learning (crosslink) to provide initial learning before an in-person workshop (or webinar).

This provides the opportunity to cover required background knowledge in a flexible, digital way.

Using Digital Learning is also the perfect way to collect information about the existing knowledgebase of your learners so that you can optimise the in-person learning.

Digital Learning Can Help

Appropriate assessment in the pre-workshop digital learning can help you to build a profile of existing knowledge, understand their priorities and then maximise the learning potential when you come together in-person.

Pre-learning works particularly well for time-poor learners, such as in manager enhancement programs, and for learners who may have language issues or are returning to learning after a significant absence. In both cases it allows the learners to spend as much or as little time as they need and can fit the learning around other activities.

Digital Learning as Revision or Follow-up Learning

Evidence shows that retention can be greatly improved by following up the learning at various intervals after the primary learning event.

These are also perfect opportunities to assess retained knowledge and provide new or revision learning to address any gaps in retention.

Depending on the nature of the learning and how much effort at integration is required, a follow-on piece of digital learning could occur from a week to six months after the main learning. In the case of a fairly simple but important skill learning training, a follow up between one week to one month later might be perfect. In the case of some training where a significant amount of soul searching is required afterwards and where it is important to assess how the training has impacted behaviour, a follow-up between one and six months might be optimal.

Digital Learning as Reference

Since everyone learns differently, you can also use Digital learning resources as a set of reference materials that learners can refer back to in their own time.

This is particularly important for skills that may be used infrequently. Providing these resources allows someone to review and relearn without the embarrassment of having to ask. This can be very important, particularly with certain types of learners.

Use In Person for What It Is Best At

In-Person learning is great, and many learners prefer it over digital.

But in-person is also the best way to teach certain things, such as verbal interactions and is a great opportunity to get learners to roleplay. It is also fantastic for brainstorming; in fact, any group activity works well in-person. It is also ideal when the instructor needs to observe how the learners have mastered a particular technique or approach, allowing immediate assessment and feedback.

But in-person learning can be expensive, especially when travel and finding replacement staff in required. This means it needs to be strategically used, and that is what blended learning is about.

Combinations

You can combine the above approaches in many possible ways. The diagram below shows one of them.

Pre-Workshop Digital Learning

  1. Assess existing knowledge, attitudes and priorities.

  2. Cover essential knowledge

  3. Provide optional coverage for those with knowledge gaps.

  4. Assess attitudes after the digital learning

In-Person Workshop

  1. Emphasis on experiential learning and sharing of experience. 

  2. Ensure identified priorities are met and assess.

One Week Later Micro Digital Learning

  1. Quick refresher of key topics and action points for implementation.

  2. Online support forum open only to participants of the In-Person training, which remains in place from now on

Three Month Digital Learning

  1. Short recap.

  2. Focus is on assessing how the trainings have been used to change behaviours.

  3. Online support forum open only to participants of the In-Person training.

Digital Resources

  1. Cheat sheets

  2. Posters

  3. Process diagrams

  4. Summaries of key knowledge

  5. Online support forum open only to participants of the In-Person training

Successful Blended Learning

At Octivo we have used Blended Learning successfully in everything from critical safety skills training to cultural change programs with managers to complete university-level medicine, psychology, counselling and social work courses.

Introduction to Unconscious Bias

Octivo | Digital Learning

This course was designed to provide insight into the subject of biases that individuals may not be aware they have. The aim of this course is to provide an understanding of types of bias and equip teams with strategies to manage and overcome bias.

Australian Open

Australian Open | Team Induction Demo

This online induction showcases a simple way to onboard a large team
of individuals in a time-sensitive environment. Simplifying key points of information, learners are able to pick-up-and-play from any device in their
own time.

Farm To Home

Royal Sydney Easter Show | Online Learning Concept

This online learning concept provides people of all ages with the ability to immerse themselves into the Royal Easter Show from their own home. Through a blended learning approach, individuals interact with a physical mail-out box of items, with the direction of learning driven through the online experience.

Family Man

Learning Style: Video based / Choose your own adventure / Interactive video

Family Man is backed by evidence-based parenting strategies that actually work. Developed by Movember alongside leading global child behaviour experts.

Developed by Movember & Jumbla 

Sleep, Health & Wellbeing

Integrated Safety Support | General Wellbeing
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Setting Priorities & Expectations

Octivo Music Group | Management Training

This course was designed for new managers in the music industry to learn the fundamentals of great management the course teaches the process of setting workplace priories and expectations. 

MoeGo Learning Bites

MoeGo | Software Simulation Learning

This course was designed as a software training program for MoeGo Grooming App. They provide Specialised Client management software for the pet industry. the course goes through everything a new software user will need to know to successfully use the software.

Bud To Boss

Universal Music California | Management Program
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