Limited BL Strategy

Limited BL Strategy

Problem

Initiatives for working with e-learning/blended learning tools and methods often arise bottom-up based on the preferences of different individuals. The lack of an overall strategy may lead to heterogeneous and incompatible solutions

Description

  • In organisations where there is no overall blended learning strategy, individuals often start experimenting with different tools and methods
  • Sometimes different solutions are developed in different units of the organisation.
  • This may render cooperation difficult
  • To create an outcome (a product, a training course), different versions may have to be created for different technologies
  • While diversity can be educational and enriching, it may also lead to confusion and compatibility problems

Context

Business, university, further education

Solutions

  • All stakeholders meet and put their requirements and ideas forward
  • This can be done more or less formally (needs analysis, round table discussion)
  • The benefits of having an overall or integrative solution versus independent initiatives is discussed with regard to overall financial cost
  • The cost and extra effort of having to interface with different technologies should also be considered
  • The decisions should be made with the input of those who will be using the technologies
  • If the technical and didactical knowledge of the stakeholders is not adequate for making an informed decision, it is recommended that the process is facilitated by an expert (external or internal)

Dependencies

  • Need for coordination between organisational units (e.g., university or business departments)
  • Amount of prior knowledge of the stakeholders
  • Availability of an expert

Comments

Keywords (Tags)

strategy, compatibility, heterogeneity