The learning team at Good Things Foundation believe that using different activities during a session (blended learning as we call it) is a great way to engage learners and create valuable learning experiences. The theory and research agrees with us, stating that it does lead to good tutor practise and great learner outcomes.
So what kinds of activities can you blend together in your sessions?
The list could be endless but if you want to get technical about it, there are five types of learning that often happen during sessions. If you are using two or more of them during a session, then you are using a blended learning approach.
- Instructional Learning - This is where the tutor tells the learner what to do. It is a traditional ‘’chalk and talk’’ style within a session and is often associated with school experiences. The learner will often then practice the skills themselves.
- Constructivist Learning - This is when the sessions build on learners’ prior knowledge and experience to ‘construct’ new ideas. It helps people relate new information to their life experiences.
- Social Constructivist Learning - This is when people learn by interacting and collaborating with others in groups. This could be through discussion of how they have tackled problems in the past and comparing to other peoples approaches.
- Problem Based Learning - This is when sessions use real-world scenarios and allow people to apply their knowledge to realistic situations. It could involve the use of case studies on digital devices.
- Self Discovery Learning - This is where the learner is encouraged to discover facts and make links themselves. In sessions the tutor might ask questions for people to research or demonstrate how to research information before allowing learners to do it for themselves.