Putting Learning Back Into Courses
and Life Back Into Training

Cara Summerfield, M.Ed. SME
Lakewood, Colorado


Blended Learning & Adult Training
© CSummerfield 2010
Throughout the years, adult training has and continues to change based upon the needs of adult learners and society. The influx of technology has taken over how and what is learned.  With the onset of instructional designers hitting the market place, a new form of learning is taking over. 

The combination of traditional classroom environments and the use of online tools have created a system called blended learning.  It is made up of two or more different environments utilized during the training/teaching process. The most popular methods today are classroom face-to-face sessions coupled with online courses.

Through research and experimentation, teachers/trainers vote hands down on the effectiveness of blended learning. It not only motivates trainees/students, but opens the door for effective options and the flexibility that will ensure that all different learning styles will be acknowledged. This means that when blended learning is done effectively, all trainees/students will have the opportunity to understand the information as it is given. 

Parts of a blended learning course allow students to work on some parts of their course(s) in their own time rather than in a classroom period, which may or may not interfere with their work schedules. The key to effective blended learning design is to be certain that all of the dots connect together. The design will be highly unsuccessful if they are not.