Everything you need to know about blended learning

11 June 2024

Today, training methods are diversifying: face-to-face, distance learning, mobile learning, social learning and blended learning. While we are familiar with synchronous learning (in class) and asynchronous learning (online), hybrid learning, or blended learning, is still little practised. At WiSP, we favour this approach to learning, which combines face-to-face and e-learning. But what is blended learning? What are its advantages and specific features? Follow the guide to find out…

Synchronous vs asynchronous: two different learning methods

Let’s look at the best-known methods for a moment. Synchronous and asynchronous training are two completely different approaches. Synchronous learning is face-to-face, group and collective training. Learners interact in real time with the trainer and with each other, making progress together. This group dynamic encourages exchange, mutual support and commitment.

In contrast, asynchronous learning takes place entirely online.Here, everyone progresses at their own pace, with no group constraints.Learning content is digital and accessible at all times, offering maximum flexibility.This method is perfect for those who like to manage their time independently. Find out more about our e-learning courses in wines and spirits.

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Blended learning: the best of both worlds.

Blended learning combines face-to-face and online training within a single coherent learning path. This hybrid training approach offers flexibility, interaction and accessibility. During a blended learning course, learners alternate between classroom lessons with a trainer and online sessions via a dedicated LMS platform.

Face-to-face, the trainer guides the learners and imparts essential knowledge. At a distance, learners can explore these concepts in greater depth online, at their own pace. This complementary approach enriches learning, combining the richness of human interaction with the freedom and flexibility of digital technology.

The benefits of blended learning

Blended learning is a modern training method that combines the advantages of classroom-based training and e-learning. By alternating between these two methods, it offers unrivalled flexibility and adaptability. Here’s why this blended approach is so beneficial:

Autonomy and empowerment: you take control of your learning

E-learning modules can be accessed at any time, so learners can reinforce their knowledge whenever they want. This freedom encourages autonomy, independence and greater responsibility. Learners take charge of their own learning.

Save time: learn at your own pace

Blended learning allows you to manage your time optimally. By reducing the need to travel, learners can follow courses at a distance and at their own pace. This flexibility allows learners to be more involved and focused.

A learning path with personalised follow-up

The trainer alternates between distance learning and face-to-face sessions according to need. Face-to-face sessions encourage interaction with the trainer and other learners and provide a framework for asking questions and getting immediate answers, while e-learning allows you to revise without time constraints. Our trainers can build an effective learning path by combining face-to-face classes on our campuses, quizzes, videos, practical exercises in small groups and convivial tasting sessions. It’s all possible!

Total flexibility: an ideal work/life balance

Blended learning offers great organisational flexibility. Trainers and learners can adapt the modules to suit their availability, which encourages a better work-life balance. What’s more, the possibility of offering additional online resources enriches the training experience.

Enhanced learning experience: prepare for success

While our WSET wine and spirits training courses are based on face-to-face lessons for theory and tasting sessions, the online resources offered on our LMS platform allow you to prepare, revise and consolidate your knowledge to pass your exam.

Customised courses: made-to-measure training

Blended learning enables us to adapt our training courses to the specific needs of each learner. Whether they have varying levels of expertise or different learning speeds, personalised digital modules are included to ensure that your skills are developed effectively and appropriately.

In short, blended learning is long-term training.

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The blended learning format is ideal for spreading training over a longer period, making learning more practical and manageable. This hybrid method maximises the effectiveness of training by combining the best practices of face-to-face and online courses.

If you like the dynamism of real-time face-to-face exchanges and the freedom to learn at your own pace, this is the perfect solution. WiSP offers all its wine, spirits and beer courses in hybrid mode to suit your needs. Find out more about our hybrid wine, spirits and beer training courses. Find out about our next sessions on our schedule.




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