Blended Learning 2015: How Will Your Blend Change?

What do you think the Learning Blend in 2015 will look like? How have we all been forced to adapt over the last five years?

In modern organizations, the need to ensure employees have the proper skills and knowledge to do their jobs effectively is essential to the ongoing success of the business. Quite often, one method of training, such as classroom training or elearning, is adopted – both of which are very effective. However, depending on the nature of the job, these methods may not be enough individually.

Blended learning, which combines classroom with online learning to create a more diverse, engaging and richer learner experience, has and continues to support the performance development initiatives of organizations globally. But blended learning is changing ─ changing behaviours, emerging technologies and an increasing demand for new and innovative approaches is impacting heavily on the modern learning blend.

So what will blended learning look like in 2015? We’re performing some research to find out!


Source: Initial extract from Interactive Services’ Blended Learning Survey showing performance perceptions for different training interactions.

Blended Learning Research 2014

Interactive Services, in association with Thomson Reuters, began a qualitative research campaign in July 2014, which runs to October 2014, to determine what the future of blended learning looks like and how it has evolved over the past five years.

Our approach to research includes the following:

  1. A Qualitative Survey: we are distributing a survey to a wide network of senior learning professionals to get their views and opinions on how the blend has changed in their organizations and what they believe it will look like in 2015.                                     

Would you like to contribute to our research? Click here to complete our survey.

  1. Webinar Series: we are running a series of one hour webinars from July 2014 to October 2015. Online Learning in 2015 was the focus of our first webinar in July. Our next webinar will be on Mobile Learning and will take place on September 3,2014.
  2. Workshops: we will run a series of face-to-face workshops on August 20 (Thomson Reuters Offices, NYC),September 12th (Thomson Reuters Offices, LONDON)andOctober 7th (Venue TBC, PARIS) where we will ‘test drive’ some of the data we have gathered and see how this reflects the views and strategies of our global customers and other learning professionals. (Click here to book on to the NYC event in August, the LONDON event in September or the PARIS event in October.)

Findings to Date

Displayed here is an extract from our survey which highlights performance perception for different training interactions. The graph you see at the top of this blogpost provides an early indication of how each element of the blend is performing for different organizations.

The feedback we have received to date is fascinating and has already raised some very interesting questions about the future of blended learning:

  • Should we design differently for millennials?
  • How can we better measure the impact of elearning in our blended programs?
  • How can we miniaturize elearning to reduce the time commitment and improve the learning experience?


Key Insights

Some of the key insights our blended learning research has provided to date are highlighted below:

  • ILT, coaching and video are the most effective training tools.
  • Community learning is the most under-utilized tool.
  • MOOCs are not delivering.
  • The flipped classroom (elearning + classroom) is too complex to deploy.
  • There is stillno evidence of impact/success when it comes to training on handheld devices.
  • Online community learning does not appear to be trusted.


Masie Learning Conference, October 2014

At this year’s Elliott Masie Learning Conference in October in Orlando, we will be presenting with Thomson Reuters on the future of blended learning. The fruits of our research between July and October will become part of this presentation. All participants in our survey, webinars or workshops will receive the following items for use in their own research:

  • A report summarising the findings of our blended learning research campaign
  • A PPT providing a graph set of the key insights uncovered by the research for use in your own presentations
  • A link to a webcast summary for the presentation we will give at Masie’s Learning conference 2014

If you are attending Masie Learning 2014, we would love if you would join our session.

Let us know you’re coming!