Converting to Blended Learning
There are many types of online formats. However, the main ones are online, blended also called hybrid, and web-facilitated. A distance learning course content is at least 80% delivered online (Simonson, Smaldino & Zvacek, 2015). While blended or hybrid course will vary by need but is typically between 30%-79% facilitated online. More information on blended courses will be available in this manual. Lastly, a web-facilitated course is when web-based technology is used, but only about 29% of the course content is delivered online (Simonson, Smaldino, Albright, & Zvacek, 2012). A blended learning format is a substitute to the traditional face-to-face classroom. It combines online learning and face-to-face classroom environments. A successful learning system provides a learning environment where student interact with each other and are able to reach the learning outcome. With careful planning is where this type of environment student learning is achieved (Simonson, Smaldino & Zvacek, 2015). This guide has been developed to assist the trainer in adapting part of the face-to-face course to a blended training module that includes delivering the content online.
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