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The course explores different learning methods and media to enable organisations to provide more flexible, accessible and cost-effective learning opportunities. In the 21st Century, learning practitioners need to embrace the potential of learning technologies into blended solutions. This course will be valuable for those seeking to extend their capabilities beyond face-to-face training to take advantage of both formal and informal learning opportunities along with online and mobile technologies.

For all trainers who wish to learn more about blended learning and how to apply it to their practice.

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Benefits to the delegate

  • Gain a clear understanding of blended learning and the key ingredients for success
  • Learn how to apply new technologies to learning interventions
  • Identify the benefits of a blended approach and be able to overcome common concerns
  • Learn a logical approach to the design of blended solutions ensuring effectiveness and efficiency
  • Experience a variety of learning technologies through both formal and informal learning opportunities enabling selection of the optimal combination, taking into account the target audience, the organisation and industry sector.

Benefits to the organisation

  • Design 'more for less' learning solutions
  • Enable learning solutions to meet current business drivers more effectively
  • Align L&D solutions to organisational challenges such as reducing time to market, customer engagement and retention, product knowledge in a fast-changing environment
  • Evaluation of current available technology tools to enable informed investment

TAP certification

Due to their unique range and scope, TAP Qualifications provide individuals and organisations with a means to develop a career pathway based on achieving Certification of Learning and Development skills.


A digital tutor-supported programme over 5 weeks comprising a blend of live online sessions, self-paced activities and project work. This comprises scheduled weekly live online sessions and self-paced tasks. Delegates need to allow 4-5 hours of study per week and to attend all tutor-led online sessions. An individual system check will be carried out with each delegate to ensure ability to access WebEx for the live online sessions and the course website.

  • Week 1 – Tutor-led online session: ‘The Changing Shape of Learning’ (1 hour) and self-paced activities including contributing to an online forum, using a wiki and project work
  • Week 2 – Tutor-led online session: ‘The Logical Approach’ (1 hour) and self-paced activities including a research task, case study and project work
  • Week 3 – Tutor-led online session: ‘Four Training Strategies’ (1 hour) and self-paced activities including an online quiz, forum and project work
  • Week 4 – Tutor-led online session: ‘Implementation Challenges and Tips’ (1 hour) and self-paced activities including an online quiz and project work
  • Week 5 – Reflect on the completed proposal, submit to a course tutor and participate in the ‘Wrap up and feedback’ session (45 minutes). Celebrate success with the group and tutor!


  • Delegates write a blended learning proposal for their organisation to meet the TAP Blended Learning Profile

Leading to the TAP Certificate in Blended Learning


1. Defining blended learning

  • Understanding the reasons why L&D needs to offer highly-flexible learning solutions in today’s climate
  • Defining blended learning and what the drivers are for learners and the organisation
  • Judging when it is appropriate to use one delivery method or when to recommend a blended solution
  • Comparing the advantages and disadvantages of different delivery methods
  • Explaining the relevance of learning through different social contexts
  • Looking at both formal and informal learning opportunities to support learning in the workplace
  • Listing the differences between a training event and a learning solution

2. Selecting methods and media

  • Understanding the differences between learning methods and media options
  • Researching the learning technologies available for learning
  • Considering which media options are appropriate for the organisation taking into account IT security, investment in infrastructure etc
  • Understanding the reasons for selecting learning methods before selecting media
  • Experiencing using a range of technologies so that an informed decision on applying new technologies to learning solutions can be made
  • Experiencing/piloting different solutions to gauge which are more effective

3. Designing a blended solution

  • Following the three-step approach to designing a blended solution
  • Identifying the audience characteristics, practical constraints and learning requirements
  • Applying training strategies such as exposition, structured instruction, guided discovery and exploration
  • Understanding the difference between dependent and independent learners
  • Matching the appropriate training strategies to the learning requirement and audience characteristics
  • Understanding the five stages of the learning process
  • Determining the appropriate blend of learning methods to meet the learning requirement
  • Matching the appropriate media options to ensure the blended solution is efficient
  • Balancing the effectiveness and efficiency of the solution to meet individual and business needs

4. Implementing a blended solution

  • Reflecting on the concerns and disadvantages of blended learning
  • Listing hints and tips to help minimise the concerns
  • Creating an action plan for the organisation to overcome concerns and disadvantages of blended learning

5. Using learning technologies

  • Participating in a web conferencing session
  • Navigating a virtual learning environment
  • Using a WIKI
  • Creating an online forum
  • Participating in a Twitter discussion
  • Listening to a podcast
  • Accessing an elearning module
  • Taking an online quiz
  • Reading a blog

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