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June’s theme on TrainingZONE: Blended learning


In June TrainingZONE will be looking at blended learning, the combination of different delivery methods for training. We're inviting TrainingZONE members to contribute features, points of view, opinion pieces, questions, answers and tips.

Although the term 'blended learning' has become popular in the last few years, and has been most used to refer to training delivered via e-learning with tutor support, the concept is not a new one. Traditional 2-3 day courses that have involved a mix of preparation, classrooms, outdoors activities and/or role plays have paved the way to allow e-learning to slot in as an additional element.

Among the key subject areas being covered this month:

  • How to successfully combine technological channels with other delivery methods

  • The development of trainers' own skills to allow them to make the most of technology

  • Whether different learners learn better through different channels of learning delivery

  • How blends of delivery can be different for different types of training
  • Related postings

  • Richard Standen, Director of e-learning specialists Connected Learning Limited argues that we need to change our attitude towards e-learning and look at it as part of and not the whole solution to training needs.

  • Heather Devany, Director, TalkScience Limited, looks at how technology can help create a consistent, cost-effective solution for organisation induction programmes.

  • =Dr Savi S Arora, Managing Director of elearning project managers Knowledge Hemispheres Ltd looks at the importance of "the human side" and the need to look at the processes involved when implementing e-learning.

  • Wayne Mullen, Training and Development Manager at The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi Ltd offers a Training Manager's view.

  • Mark Weber, CEO of Atticmedia, examines how to strike a balance between traditional learning and e-learning.

  • Piers Lea, CEO of LINE Communications, looks at the growth of technology and how it is being used in a variety of forms for delivering training.

  • Amy Finn, Ph.D, Chief Learning Officer, Centra Software examines the use of games to assist people in education and learning.

  • Nick Shackleton-Jones, e-learning manager at Siemens Communications, describes the training needs behind the adoption of a blended learning approach and explains how this was successfully achieved.

  • Tony Graham of MELTEC narrates his experiences of digital content as part of a pilot project with Kingston University.

  • Tim Drewitt, a director of blended learning providers Balance Learning, argues that, although blended learning solutions should be the backbone of training strategies, it’s essential to go back to the starting blocks before taking part in the blended learning race.

  • Greg Hoehner, Principal Consultant in e-learning course design at e-learning consultancy ICUS Pte Ltd, charts the recent development of e-learning techniques and their use in combination with other training delivery methods.

  • Our featured interview with providers Einstein Network looks at how they use blended approaches for professional CPD

  • Peter Russian, Director of Development at Investors in People examines blended approaches and what they mean for training strategy within organisations.

  • Neil Lasher from Trainer1 examines who is driving blended learning

  • E-learning at the United Nations - read Hal Richman's piece on how the United Nations Development Programme has been making use of a number of different technologies for their training programmes.

  • Vote in our Poll on the subject

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    Overall content: Our editorial policy is not to use material directly promoting an organisation's goods and services. Instead, we publish original contributed features containing specific viewpoints on training-related subjects, advice guides and opinion pieces commenting on customer experiences or experiences of the training market itself.

    Length of piece: 300-1000 words

    Format: People tend to scan read on the internet - it is a habit we are all developing in response to the massive amount of information available. So it's good to alert readers quickly to what you are going to put before them, by using headings through a long piece, and splitting the text into relatively short paragraphs.

    Inclusion of links: We will include a link to contributors' nominated sites and/or e-mail contact address, so that members can access further information about the author if they wish to do so.

    Access the full features listing for this year here.

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