You have likely heard the term Blended Learning with respect to training. There are many different definitions of blended learning, however we at Learning Seat take it to mean a combination learning activities such as e-learning, instructor-led training, job aids and workplace projects that are used to change performance.
Your Learning Management System will allow you to create and monitor these activities so you can track a participants’ progress. It also helps provide them a clear picture of what they are expected to undertake in order to develop.
Here are some examples of different types of learning activities in LearnConnect, which is the name of Learning Seat’s Learning Management System.
Learning Events and Sessions
Learning Events and Sessions allow you to invite and record face-to-face events, such as workshops, conferences, classroom lectures and more. You can record attendance for each of the sessions which will then show up on your learner’s transcript. For example, if your organisation ran a face-to-face First Aid Training course across a few sessions, you would create a Learning Event called First Aid Training and assign it to your learners. Once they had attended the course, you would mark them as “attended” and it would be recorded against their transcript.
Trackable Documents are a way of uploading documentation, video files and audio files to augment training. They are especially useful for Policy documents and to support training initiatives by having supporting documentation for specific training. Continuing from our First Aid Training example, there could be pre-reading or post-reading after the First Aid Training course. By uploading the First Aid Review document and assigning it to your learners, they can then review this documentation when they need to, and once they’ve completed the reading, it will be recorded and marked off as complete.
Another great feature of LearnConnect is the concept of Other Learning. Other Learning gives your learners the ability to upload evidence of external certifications. For example, if your learner attended a First Aid Training course, recorded first as a Learning Event and Session, then received a First Aid Certification, as an administrator you can create an Other Learning for First Aid Certification and assign it to those learners. Once the learner has completed their certification, they can upload a scan of the certificate, include specific validity and expiry dates, and then submit it for review.
This is the key to delivering a blended learning solution to your learners. Instead of assigning individual learning items to your learners, you can add the components to a Program which would become your blended learning solution. For example, if your organization ran a First Aid Training Program which comprised of a face-to-face event, pre-reading materials and required a post-course certification verification, you could bundle these together into a Program. You can simply assign the First Aid Program which contains the various components. Once the learner has completed all the components, the Program will be marked as complete.
These are just a few of the ways your Learning Management System can help support blended learning in an organisation.