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Learning can be delivered via a variety of different channels: classroom instruction, online courses, video, assignments, group projects, campaigns – the list is endless. We also learn a lot informally and independently. Blended learning is often used to describe using a combination of online and offline learning activities, but it’s also possible to blend a variety of just online or just offline elements.
The main advantage of blended learning is that it allows you to take advantage of the benefits and suitability of different delivery modes for different learning outcomes and audiences. Classroom based training is particularly good for practical tasks, discussions and audiences with low IT skills. Online training is often better for large audiences, conveying information and smaller chunks of learning.
The challenge of blended learning is that it’s easy for your blended learning solution to become a disjointed collection of individual learning experiences rather than a single blend with many elements. This can be confusing for the learner and lead to duplication of content across different elements, wasting time and resources.
It’s important that learning designers have an overarching design for their blended learning solutions that the individual elements fit into. It’s also important to create links between the different elements of your blend so that it feels like a seamless solution.
That’s where xAPI comes in. Because xAPI frees the data, your learning experiences can not only send data to the Learning Record Store, they can receive data about other experiences too. You can use xAPI to create experiences for learners that are adaptive based on their progress and success within other elements of your blend. Here are some examples:
The Run a pilot page includes one example of a pilot project you could run in your organization to get started with linking the learning experiences in your organization. Why don’t you give it a go?