7 Reasons Blended Learning Works for Today’s iGeneration
Our lives have been reshaped by the pervasive adoption of mobile devices and it is clear ‘digital immigrants’ and ‘digital natives’ have reaped the many benefits that smart technology offers.
Here are 7 reasons why blended learning works for today’s new workforce:
- They learn differently. Exposure to our interactive, rapid-response, multi-media environment has altered the brain structures of digital natives. Their enhanced capacity to learn intuitively, multi-task and extract and analyze data requires a broad range of stimulation to learn. It is clear a new educational approach is needed, one that can translate the latent technological fluency of millennials into applied skills for the workplace.
- They use technology as a means to an end. With blended learning, technology isn’t implemented just for the sake of it. Rather, it is used in a way that not only maximizes the multi-modal manner in which students have evolved to function, but eliminates the gap between ‘digital lifestyle skills’ and ‘digital workplace skills’.
- They are always looking for opportunities to improve. Blended learning is the tool that provides opportunities for employees to self-develop and improve, to be self-sufficient and adapt through ongoing learning. It allows them to continuously add skill-sets that will help them in their immediate tasks as well as for future growth inside and outside of the workplace.
- They like digestible information. Classroom training time is greatly reduced and learners come with a better level of understanding of the subject. Foundational training can be delivered through eLearning course collections in short, digestible bites.
- They seek out enhanced experiences. Classroom training can cover advanced concepts driven through diverse long-lasting and extended experiences. Blended learning paves the way for all-encompassing, holistic learning experience.
- They need improved and immediate feedback. New generations seek out immediate feedback and peer interaction and collaboration. With blended learning, on-the-job feedback and training can happen immediately from coaches and peers.
- Today’s employees like to learn socially. With blended learning, social learning happens through peer interaction, modelling, collaboration and feedback.
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Reference: Correll, P (2016). Blended learning, educating the digital generations. http://edtechnology.co.uk/Article/blended-learning-educating-the-digital-generations, by Perry Correll