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Find Tips & Tricks for managing Blended Learning effectively through an LMS especially in the Indian Corporate L&D Space.

Find Tips & Tricks for managing Blended Learning effectively through an LMS especially in the Indian Corporate L&D Space.

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  • Blended learning means many things to many people, even within our relatively small online learning community. It is referred to as both blended and hybrid learning, with little or no difference in the meaning of the terms among most educators. In general terms, blended learning combines online delivery of educational content with the best features of classroom interaction and live instruction to personalize learning, allow thoughtful reflection, and differentiate instruction from student to student across a diverse group of learners. Blended learning, combining the best elements of online and face-to-face education, is likely to emerge as the predominant teaching model of the future. Blending Learning: The Convergence of Online and F 5 ace-to-Face Education Definitions of blended learning range from some so broad that practically any learning experience that integrates some use of educational technology might qualify, to others that focus on a specific percentage combination of online curriculum and instruction in a face-to-face setting. A few of the many definitions of blended learning include: „. The integration of face-to-face and online learning to help enhance the classroom experience and extend learning through the innovative use of information and communications technology. Blended strategies enhance student engagement and learning through online activities to the course curriculum, and improve effectiveness and efficiencies by reducing lecture time.1 „. “A course that blends online and face-to-face delivery. Substantial proportion of the content is delivered online, typically uses online discussions, and typically has some face-to-face meetings. ” The Sloan Consortium defines blended courses as having between 30 percent and 79 percent of their content delivered online, with the remaining portion of the course content delivered by face-to-face instruction or other non web-based methods, such as paper textbooks.2 „. The combination of multiple approaches to learning. Blended learning can be accomplished through the use of ‘blended’ virtual and physical resources.3 Ultimately, the exact definition of blended learning, beyond some combination of online and faceto- face, may not matter. Along these lines, Dziuban, Hartman and Moskal (2004) in a research brief for EDUCAUSE titled “Blended Learning” noted: “ Blended learning should be viewed as a pedagogical approach that combines the effectiveness and socialization opportunities of the classroom with the technologically enhanced active learning possibilities of the online environment, rather than a ratio of delivery modalities. In other words, blended learning should be approached not merely as a temporal construct, but rather as a fundamental redesign of the instructional model with the following characteristics: „. A shift from lecture- to student-centered instruction in which students become active and interactive learners (this shift should apply to the entire course, including face-to-face contact sessions); „. Increases in interaction between student-instructor, student-student, student-content, and student-outside resources; „. Integrated formative and summative assessment mechanisms for students and instructor. ”4 Most importantly, in this view, blended learning represents a shift in instructional strategy. Just as online learning represents a fundamental shift in the delivery and instructional model of distance learning, blended learning offers the possibility to significantly change how teachers and administrators view online learning in the face-to-face setting. “The widespread adoption and availability of digital learning technologies has led to increased levels of integration of computermediated instructional elements into the traditional F2F [face to face] learning experience. Link: http://www.inacol.org/research/promisingpractices/NACOL_PP-BlendedLearning-lr.pdf
  • Ambient Insight  has last month released a report on how the global market for self-paced eLearning products and services will grow through till 2014. It estimates the market had reached US $ 27.1 billion in 2009. The demand is growing at a 5 year compound annual growth rate of 12.8% and will take the world market to US $ 49.6 billion by 2014. Key highlights (as shared in the executive summary are): - North America will continue to be the biggest market. - By 2014 Asia (which includes Australia and New Zealand in this report) would overtake Western Europe to become the second largest market after North America. The compound annual growth rate in Asia is a very healthy 33.5%. - East Europe is second fastest in growth terms at 23.0%. Vibrant outsourcing hubs have come up in countries such as Belarus and the Ukraine. - There is resistance in regional markets to content that has been translated but not localized. This is creating demand for local content in each region. - There ’s virtually no self-paced eLearning being used in primary and secondary education in Japan, proving that it is a ‘myth’ to assume technologically advanced regions are more likely to adopt self-paced eLearning. In contrast 100% of primary and secondary schools in Korea and Singapore offer some type of online education. Link: http://trends.learning-managers.net/trends-reports/learning-reports - Adoption of self-paced eLearning is now wide spread across buying segments. North America where corporate are still the top buyers, will see academic buyers emerge as top buyers in next five years. - New tool and learning platform suppliers are entering the market at a steady rate in each region even in more mature markets like North America. ”
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Leveraging LMS for Managing Blended Learning : The Indian Perspective Leveraging LMS for Managing Blended Learning : The Indian Perspective Presentation Transcript

  • Amit Gautam Amol Shinde@amitgautam @amolbshinde
  • Upside Learning8+ years in eLearning150+ clients in 13 countriesOur offeringsUpsideLMS | Upside2Go | Custom Learning Solutions30 awards & recognition
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  • Presenters Amit Gautam Founder & Director - Technology Solutions 12+ years in eLearning domain Engg (Computer Science), MBA Learning technologist, Internet addict Amol Shinde AVP Sales (India) 8+ years in Software Services & eLearning domain eLearning enthusiast
  • Agenda 1 Blended Learning – An Overview 2 5 Key Components of Blended Learning 3 9 Key Challenges in Implementing Blended Learning 4 The Case for Leveraging LMS for Blended Learning 5 A Case Study - 5 Key Learnings
  • Blended LearningAn Overview
  • Blended Learning - An OverviewWhat is a blend?Source: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-7S3ZMfTbfH4/TmyljZy9E1I/AAAAAAAADw0/sjvtw_3eyUc/s1600/Blender.jpg
  • Blended Learning - An OverviewDefining Blended Learning ‘ Using the best delivery methodology (ies) available for a specific objective, including online, class-room based, instruction, electronic performance support, paper based, & formalized & informal on the job solutions. ’
  • Blended Learning - An OverviewBlended Learning-Key Components Virtual Self-Paced Classroom eLearning Training 5 1 Social 4 2 Learning/ Informal 3 Face-to-face Training Mobile Learning
  • Blended Learning - An Overview World Wide Self-Paced eLearning 5 Years Growth Rates
  • Blended Learning - An Overview Self Paced Learning Growth Rate in India
  • Blended Learning - An Overview Mobile Learning Growth Rate in India
  • Blended Learning - An OverviewThe India Perspective • eLearning is on a steady rise in India • Usage of Virtual Classroom is on a steady rise • Classroom training still holds a major proportion • For companies of medium to large scale, blended learning is already in place • Separate components are mostly managed separately
  • Poll # 1Does your organization currently use blended learningto deliver training?-Yes-No-Can’t say
  • Poll # 2Is blended learning the way ahead for your organization?-Yes-No-Can’t say
  • 5 Key Components ofBlended Learning
  • 5 Key Components of Blended Learning Virtual Self-Paced Classroom eLearning Training 5 1 Social Learning/ 4 2 Informal 3 Face-to-face Training Mobile Learning
  • 5 Key Components of Blended Learning1. Self-paced eLearning • SCORM/AICC eLearning courses – Easy to • Access • Follow • Understand Virtual Self-Paced • Used for technical, functional, and soft Classroom eLearning Training skills 5 1 • Reaches geo-diverse user base Social 4 2 • Consistent instructions Learning/ 3 Face-to-face Informal Training • Saves cost Mobile • Increases access to learning material Learning anytime by leveraging technology
  • 5 Key Components of Blended Learning2. Face-to-face Training • Conventional method of training • High human interaction suited for training requiring practical sessions, workshops, discussions, etc. • Perceived to be easier to run than Virtual Self-Paced leveraging other forms of training Classroom Training eLearning • An exercise in logistics and planning 5 1 • Easily a challenge to manage for a large Social 4 2 or medium scale organization Learning/ 3 Face-to-face Training • High cost owing to trainers, travel, Informal logistics, off the job time Mobile Learning
  • 5 Key Components of Blended Learning3. Mobile Learning • On the go training • Anytime accessibility • Relies on handheld devices – Just in time information – On the job support Virtual Classroom Self-Paced • Reinforces use of new processes & eLearning Training practices 5 1 • Great tool for pre and post-training Social 4 2 follow-up, collaboration and Learning/ 3 Face-to-face Training information sharing Informal • Arguably the future of learning Mobile Learning
  • 5 Key Components of Blended Learning4. Social Learning • Informal Learning • Use of Social Media Technologies for – Collaboration – Knowledge Sharing – Feedback Virtual Self-Paced • Easy acceptance due to changing Classroom eLearning Training social networking behavior 5 1 • Increases collaboration and Social 4 2 information sharing for a geo-diverse Learning/ 3 Face-to-face Training user base Informal Mobile Learning
  • 5 Key Components of Blended Learning5. Virtual Classroom Training/Webinar • Can be done remotely • Cost-effective way of delivering training with a significant human interface simulating classroom experience • Can Augment face-to-face session via Virtual Self-Paced – Presentation sharing Classroom eLearning Training – Online Discussions 5 1 – Interactive experimental exercises Social 4 2 – Builds group connections & Learning/ 3 Face-to-face Training collaborations Informal • Recording can be made available for Mobile Learning future access
  • Poll # 3What are the top challenges in blended learning for yourorganization?-Management buy-in-Unable or unwilling to leverage technology-Not required given the size of organization-Lack of human resources to manage-Absence of a good system to manage centrally
  • 9 Key Challenges in ImplementingBlended Learning
  • 9 Key Challenges in Implementing Blended Learning C User Reaction B Technology A Company’s Vision/Focus
  • 9 Key Challenges in Implementing Blended LearningA. Company’s Vision/Focus 1. Not enough direction from top level on advancing training function 2. Unenthusiastic participation of management in strategizing 3. Myopic focus on cost leads to long term problems
  • 9 Key Challenges in Implementing Blended LearningB. Technology (or the lack of it) 4. Lack of experience in using technology for managing training 5. Inexperienced or unwilling IT to experiment/support new technology 6. Fear of losing manual control to a system
  • 9 Key Challenges in Implementing Blended LearningC. User Reaction 7. Acceptance of newer training forms due to cultural (organizational) preoccupations 8. Insufficient from-the-top directives to team managers to adopt new training forms 9. Lack of an easy-to-use system may increase dissatisfaction
  • The Case for Leveraging LMS forBlended Learning
  • The Case for Leveraging LMS for Blended Learning 1 Effective Resource Management 2 Leveraging on Learner Interaction During and after Learning Program 3 Effective Management of Training Activities 4 Effective Cost Management Through Virtual Classroom 5 Centralized Administration
  • The Case for Leveraging LMS for Blended Learning1. Effective Resource Management • Ease in Creation of Training Program using Single System • Enabling Learners Through Engaging & Dynamic Content • Effective Inventory Management • Pre-Training & Post-Training Evaluation
  • The Case for Leveraging LMS for Blended Learning2. Leveraging on Learner Interaction Duringand After Learning Program • Notifications • Sharing & Collaboration • Feedback • Surveys • Evaluation • Communities & Discussion Forum
  • The Case for Leveraging LMS for Blended Learning3. Training Activity Management • Scheduling • Announcements • Reminders • Follow ups • Logistic Arrangements
  • The Case for Leveraging LMS for Blended Learning4. Effective Training Delivery ThroughVirtual Classroom for Remote LocationUsers • Training to Distributed Workforce remotely • Avoid remote location travels • Less logistic hassles • Better control over the class for effective delivery of training
  • The Case for Leveraging LMS for Blended Learning5. Centralised Administrative Management • Easy Authentication • Centralized User Management • Easy Assignment & Delivery of Training • Reports for Better Analytics & Decision Making
  • Poll # 4How many systems does your organization currently use to manage the training function?- One- Two- Three- More than Three- None
  • Mapping of LMS Features for BlendedLearning Virtual Self-Paced Classroom eLearning Training 5 1 Social 4 2 Learning/ 3 Face-to-face Informal Training Mobile Learning
  • Mapping of LMS Features for BlendedLearning  E-Learning Documents VirtualClassroom Web Pages Webinars & Broadcasts  CBT Instant messaging  Surveys E-Meetings Virtual Self-Paced Classroom eLearning Training 5 1 Social 4 2 Learning/ 3 Face-to-face Informal Training Mobile Learning
  • Mapping of LMS Features for BlendedLearning  E-Learning Documents VirtualClassroom Web Pages Webinars & Broadcasts  CBT Instant messaging  Surveys E-Meetings Virtual Self-Paced Classroom eLearning Training 5 1 Social 4 2 Learning/ 3 Face-to-face Informal Training Classroom Training Workshops Mobile Learning
  • Mapping of LMS Features for BlendedLearning  E-Learning Documents VirtualClassroom Web Pages Webinars & Broadcasts  CBT Instant messaging  Surveys E-Meetings Virtual Self-Paced Classroom eLearning Training 5 1 Social 4 2 Learning/ 3 Face-to-face Informal Training Classroom Training Workshops Mobile Learning  Nuggets Short Video Courses JIT Information
  • Mapping of LMS Features for BlendedLearning  E-Learning Documents VirtualClassroom Web Pages Webinars & Broadcasts  CBT Instant messaging  Surveys E-Meetings Virtual Self-Paced Classroom eLearning Training 5 1 Online  Forums Communities Social 4 2 Discussion Boards Learning/ 3 Face-to-face Informal Training Classroom  Wiki Training  Twitter Workshops  Blog Mobile Learning  Nuggets Short Video Courses JIT Information
  • A Case Study5 Key Learnings
  • 5 Key Learnings from Our ClientChallenges • Mixed & Diversified Geographies & Demographics • Different methodologies required to deliver training to this diversified target audience • Flexibility to chose the right blend of learning by each center (located nationwide) for their target audience • Maximize use of available technology mediums to deliver the blended learning • Centralized administrative Controls
  • 5 Key Learnings from Our ClientSolution• Expanded the curriculum structure to include all the training methods• Choice to the learner to chose the training program through a varied catalog• Flexibility to create any program in any desired sequence by CTM based on the target audience• Centralised resource & inventory management• Centralised reporting available to each CTM• Use of Virtual Classroom to delivery remote trainings
  • Poll # 5Will you prefer to use a single system to manageblended learning?- Yes- No- Can’t Say
  • Benefits of using LMS for managingBlended Learning• Seamless, cohesive, unified experience for learners for all their training items• Ability to generate comprehensive reports without the need to collate data from various systems or sources thus saving significant time and cost• More effective Learning design focused on leveraging various components’ unique benefits
  • Benefits of using LMS for managingBlended Learning (contd.)• Learners can be engaged much before and till much later and not just during the training activity with increased collaboration• Cost-effectively reach out to a diverse user base spread across locations• Centralized Learning resources could lead to a better knowledge management in future
  • Summary• Blended Learning is already in place – mostly• A great need for a single easy-to-use system to manage blended learning in one place• The system should make it easy for the users and administrators to adapt to the new training forms• An LMS is a great choice for such a system. The LMS needs to be well designed to cater to various components in an integrated manner
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