Hybrid Learning has been thrust into the spotlight within my network of corporate trainers. It seems to be the most appropriate solution to the “new normal.” Leaners still get the lessons they need and then they can come into an in-person workshop when it is safe to do so. It made perfect sense to me, so I began to think of ways to convert existing in-person workshops to media that is in line with hybrid learning. My plan was to convert some stuff to PowerPoint, put together a few eLearning modules and roll everything out piece by piece. Of course, everyone else was doing it so why shouldn’t we?
Enter, Stephanie Morgan from hrzone.com. In researching strategies, I came across her post titled Blended learning: how to craft the perfect blend for boosting performance. In it, she discusses a post from Donald Clark about what blended learning shouldn’t be. Suffice to say, my idea was something that needed to be looked at through a more critical lens. I discovered that my method does not take into consideration the learner preference. What may work for me, may not work for someone trying to consume new information. According to Clark, my idea was “Blended Teaching” and most likely not the way to go.
I made a design mistake by placing the emphasis on teaching methods and not on learning. It was a learning experience for me and it is leading to some great conversation with my colleagues. Have you ever been excited to implement something new and have to go back to the drawing board?