The trend toward blended learning – the type of training that takes place using different formats – is growing in popularity among both learners and training professionals.
The appeal of this approach is not all that surprising to developers of learning materials, as it offers the best of both instructor-led and online training. In the past, blended learning meant spending part of the time in a classroom setting and part on the computer, reinforcing the lesson. However, there is a new type of blended learning that is generating excitement among learning professionals world-wide.
Blended learning as a social experience.
With technological advances come many new opportunities for improvement in the way training is delivered. The latest breakthrough is a blended learning experience that combines the advantage of having an instructor, with the benefits of peer interaction and feedback from subject matter experts. And the best part is that it takes place entirely on a computer, yet it retains the interactive experience of a classroom. This remote blended learning experience is made possible using a platform of social interaction, combined with traditionally developed course materials. It truly is the best of both worlds.
At the core of this new type of blended learning is the latest in Social Learning Management Systems (LMS). A Social LMS is one that allows learners and other participants to build profiles and develop communities of learning within the construct of the online system. It provides an opportunity for learners to receive individualized training, without the expense of a classroom setting. The instruction is then reinforced through discussion groups and Q&A sessions with experts in the field.
The standard LMS platforms in use at most companies today do not support this advanced type of blended learning. Fortunately there is a platform that does. TOPYX® is an award-winning Social LMS that incorporates all of the features for blended learning in a social media platform. With TOPYX, learners can create individual profiles and attend training sessions with their peers in the office, or around the world. They can interact with the instructors and initiate discussions in virtual classroom forums moderated by experts on the subject.
The virtual classroom of tomorrow is here, and it is driven by one of the best new learning technologies to come along in years. TOPYX allows access for more employees to training that may have previously been too costly to an organization. Today, learners no longer have to “go to” training; that same level of classroom instruction can now come to them. For more information or to request a demo of TOPYX for your organization, click here.
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Vice President, Business Development