Studies have proven that in a typical conversation 55% of the data is transferred via body language, 38% via voice (tone, speed, intensity, dialect) and only 7% depends on the actual content.
There are 2 primary models of Web-based instruction:
- synchronous (instructor-facilitated)
- asynchronous (self-directed, self-paced)
Blended learning is the use of more than one mode of delivery to deliver the course content. The participant usually learns in part through online delivery of content and instruction.
It combines and aligns learning undertaken in instructor based training with other modes of delivery.
eLearning is the use of electronic media and information and communication technologies (ICT) in education. eLearning can occur in or out of the classroom. It can be self-paced, asynchronous learning or may be instructor-led, synchronous learning. eLearning is suited to distance learning and flexible learning, but it can also be used in conjunction with lecture based training, in which case the term blended learning is commonly used.
There are several types of eLearning:
Virtual classroom training (VCT) (synchronous)
Courses that are presented by an instructor through an internet connection to an audience similar to a web conference. Subject matter cannot include role playing, supervised exercises, or behavioral coaching.
Computer based training (CBT) (asynchronous)
Courses that use a web based format but are self-paced courses run from a local PC instead of through an internet connection. CBT's are an interactive method of learning used typically for technology, managerial and supervisory curriculum. CBT is an interactive instructional approach in which the computer, taking the place of an instructor, provides a series of motivations to the student ranging from questions to be answered to choices or decisions to be made.
Web based training (WBT) (synchronous or asynchronous)
Courses that are delivered over the internet or intranet using a web browser. These course can be delivered anywhere, anytime. These courses are generally use a Learning Management System (LMS) to manage them. Depending on the technology, WBT's can include streaming audio / video, webairs, forums and instant messaging.
eAssessment (Online assessment)
eAssessment is the use of electronic media and information for any assessment related activity. eAssessments’ purpose is not to learn knowledge, but to assess the participants’ current knowledge level.
eAssessments are distributed over the internet and intranet and can be executed by any modern web browser. Beside the technical prerequisites the examinee needs only a valid access code which is usually issued via e-mail.
Due to its obvious similarity to eLearning, the term eAssessment is becoming widely used as a generic term to describe the online, browser-based and centrally managed evaluation of people.
eAssessments can occur in or out of the classroom. It is self-paced, asynchronous learning.
Pre eAssessment (asynchronous)
A pre eAssessment is used to assess a participant’s knowledge level prior to attending a learning course. The results can be used later to measure the progression level of the participants knowledge.
Post eAssessment (asynchronous)
A post eAssessment is used to assess a participant’s knowledge level following attendance in a learning course. The results are used to determine a pass or fail criteria and / or remediation plan. In addition, the results are an indicator of the participant’s increase in knowledge.
Placement eAssessment (asynchronous)
A placement eAssessment is used to provide a participant or their superior the ability to evaluate the necessity of qualification measurement on a certain subject, or range of subjects and to identify a minimum qualification level.
Instructor based training (IBT) (synchronous)
Courses that are delivered by an Instructor of Facilitator in a traditional classroom or workshop setting. Best mode of delivery for extensive practical work stations.