The best of both worlds. That is the essence of blended learning. Physical training events on the floor assisted by digital learning are a way to go, when you want to hit multiple learning styles at the same time. In a blended learning context, you can optimize the time spent on a course, for example.
So, instead of the instructor unloading a lot of knowledge on the learners in class/on the floor, this knowledge can be transformed into digital learning activities, such as podcasts, videos, gamified or interactive activities. Therefore, the time spent in the physical training event can be optimized and used for discussions, reflections, and how to interpret the learning in real-life scenarios. Whereas focus once was on custom e-learning we have really come far now with blended learning.
The definition of gamification is when you use game-mechanics in a non-game context. In a learning setting, it can be using elements such as: Rewards, storytelling, creating your own character, empowering visual landscapes, clear goals, and – of course – a lot of interaction. You can boost your learning results by using gamification, because you involve the learner to a much higher level. In a gamified learning setting, they cannot just lean back and press play, they must actively engage with the learning content.
There are many reasons this kind of modern e-learning is so effective.
Methods as gamification are of the reasons e-learning has moved so much further than we know it.
Stretched learning is when you carefully spread your learning activities over time for your learners. This prevents information overload, and let the learners catch, grasp, and reflect on the new knowledge. Some of the elements when using a stretched learning strategy are:
- Having a maximum of one or two learning goals for each activity
- Making room for reflection after each activity
- Making it clear where to get support
- Scheduling learning aligned to context
- Making room for hands-on activities
Splitting up the learning to smaller digestive pieces called microlearning.
Microlearning is any short learning content, chunked into small, manageable pieces. This can for example be: online videos, articles, and interactive games.
Microlearning is best for:
- People who have very short attention spans
- Learning a lot of content in a short amount of time
- Learning at your own pace
- Businesses needing to teach employees new skills
- Smart-phone, laptops, and tablet devices
The concept of microlearning is that the learning experience can happen in a short amount of time; therefore, it has to entertain. Providing content that is humorous or has some sort of unique factor is key to making it stand out and have people continue to engage with it.
It is in the word. This type of learning is adapted for mobile devices, and it is great for learners to be in control of when and where they want to complete learning content. Mobile learning content, must of course still be entertaining, so, do not forget to include interactive elements and visuals.
AI & Recommendations
If you are into the cool tech stuff, then you probably already know about Artificial Intelligence (AI). But do you know how it works in digital learning?
When you want to reskill an employee into another function internally, AI recommended learning can come in handy.
This is learning recommended to you personally, if you want to get the right skills to move into this particular function. And now, we are talking recommendations... AI in corporate learning is all about personal recommendations.
These are some typical examples of personal recommendations an AI technology can give to you in a learning setting:
- Upskilling opportunities based on your job profile in specific industry
- Based on your own interests
- What learning content did your teammates/organization complete?
- Most popular learning content others completed with the same job profile as you
- Best time of day to complete learning content based on your habits
AI can also work as virtual assistants in a shape of a chatbot, and, furthermore, AI can provide admins with deep and advanced analytics.