#GuildReads for October 9: Blended Learning

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it a number of rapid shifts to the way we work, among these the move of much face-to-face training to the virtual format. As we move past the early days of emergency remote teaching to more intentional, planned efforts there is renewed interest in blended learning strategies. In the next #GuildReads on Friday, October 9, at 2 pm ET, we revisit our research report “Blended Learning in Practice” research report, featuring data gathered by author Jennifer Hofmann. The report focused on the question: How are successful blended learning programs being implemented, and what are the benefits and risks associate with this approach? The data for this report were drawn primarily from interviews with organizations already invested, to greater or lesser risk extents, in enterprise-wide blended learning, so our October 9 conversation should be of special interest to those swimming in new waters.

In the spirit of university-based research reading groups, this initiative invites conversation about some of the research reports published by The Learning Guild as well as exploration of some especially interesting, relevant research being published elsewhere. You’ll have a chance to chat live with authors about their published work, and together we’ll explore some issues around conducting and reporting on research – including how to find and interpret it.

Note that this is intended to be a collegial learning-together experience rather than a formal presentation or interview type session: Think “club” more than “conference”.

So how does it work? There are two easy parts.

Part 1: Read the Research

Our gatherings focus on recent research reports from The Learning Guild’s Research Library. These are available for free download with a free membership.

Part 2: Join us for the live event

The Learning Guild’s Director of Research Jane Bozarth will then host a live Zoom discussion with the author. You are welcome (in fact, encouraged) to join in. The 30-minute live event will be your chance to ask any questions about the research report, pick the author’s brain about research challenges or concerns, or perhaps take the discussion in some new directions.

You’ll need to register in advance at THIS LINK

Our October #GuildReads Guest: Jennifer Hofmann, owner of InSync Training and author of the Learning Guild research report Blended Learning in Practice.

What else?

Watch for the #GuildReads hashtag on Twitter to join in ongoing conversation about the live events or other discussions about L&D-related research.

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