When one gets started in e-learning, it is easy to think, “This is great, now we don’t have to do classroom training anymore.” This is certainly one benefit of e-learning. However, you do not have to think of this as an either/or proposition. In fact, an effective and popular way to use e-learning is in a blended approach that combines live training and self-paced e-learning.
There are a variety of ways in which blending learning methods can be applied. In his Chief Learning Officer Magazine piece, “Learning Bursts: A Different Way to Deliver Training,” Dave Basarab lays out a method of effectively breaking up learning experiences into short bursts that can be used in combination with live or other self-paced training, OR completely replace classroom training.