Instructional Design and Technology

Face-to-Face Training Changing to Blended Learning

on October 21, 2012

Week 7 Application – EDUC6135

Face-to-Face Training Changing to Blended Learning


What are some of the pre-planning strategies the trainer needs to consider before converting his program?

            As the trainer has become frustrated with the quality of his face-to-face training sessions he receives permission to convert the program to a blending learning environment.  Before considering the conversion of this program he needs to make sure he has knowledge of how to create online learning.  He needs the proper material and must set goals and objectives for the learners to be able to address. Work with the facilitator and develop a course management system to aide students in online discussions.  In order to design the blended course he must consider the design and development of the training program. Online training is using technology to exchange ideas and provide access to more people (Bebawi, n.d.). Distance education is the separation of teacher and student (Simonson, Smaldino, Albright, & Zvacek, 2012) and blended learning allows for extra learning and communication outside the traditional classroom.

What aspects of his original training program could be enhanced in the distance learning format?

            In converting his training into the blended learning setting, he is going to be able to keep many aspects of his original training material.  In keeping the material he will then need to add more interaction between learners (peer interaction).  The content of the course can now be enhanced with the learner interaction with each other allowing for further growth and development.  When distance learning is present the role of discussions become critical (Andersen, 2009).

How will his role, as trainer, change in a distance learning environment?

            Now the trainer moves into the role of a facilitator, he/she no longer lectures or performs demonstrations in front of a class.  They are now there to make sure the students are participating and demonstrating knowledge along the way. Distance learning is independent learning at a distance through the means of self-study texts and non-contiguous communication (Sampson, 2003).

What steps should the trainer take to encourage the trainees to communicate online?

             The trainer is now instructing the learners to perform in online discussions and a great way to motivate the students is to provide some guidance, but not over communicate. The discussion board is for the students to collaborate with peers and understand the material.  The instructor, in this case the trainer, is there to keep the conversation moving and when conversation dies down they are there to ask thought provoking questions and bring the discussion back to life. 



Andersen, M. (2009). Asynchronous discussion forums: success factors, outcomes, assessments, and limitations. Educational Technology & Society. 12(1), 249-257.

Bebawi, S. (n.d). Definition of online education as distance learning. Retreived from

Sampson, N. (2003). Meeting the needs of distance learners. Language Learning & Technology, 7(3), 103-118.


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