Blended learning programs

Often our self-paced custom e-learning courses are designed to be part of a larger blended learning offering.  Illumina has extensive background in developing different learning elements for such blended approaches.

Classroom or Workshop Training

Illumina instructional designers also have experience developing materials designed to be used in face-to-face classroom or workshop training environments. In Illumina’s experience, self-paced learning can be effectively used for preparation for in-person training or for follow-up.

Virtual Classrooms/Webinars

Our instructional design and development teams have growing experience designing slide presentations, facilitators’ guides, handouts and a wealth of materials for virtual webinars and web conferences delivered using tools such as Blackboard Collaborate, WebEx, GoToWebinar, and Adobe Connect among others.

Our goal is always to engage learners and avoid boredom. To anticipate pitfalls, we ask questions not only about the learning audience and their prior experience with live webinar-based learning, but also about the content experts and facilitators who will be leading the webinars.  We want to deliver successful virtual learning experiences that can be easily replicated. We can incorporate chats, live polls, shared whiteboards, break-out rooms, and a wide range of tools designed to make the experience engaging. And when our clients’ facilitators lack experience in leading webinars, we walk them through the process with dry runs and pilots to get them comfortable to lead the sessions on their own.

Performance Support Tools

Illumina has designed “free-standing” tools, for use by learners and/or coaches, together with formal courses.  For example, in a project for the Veterans Administration, Illumina developed a number of tools to help veterans with specific skill development, such as a tool to enhance the learner’s problem-solving skills.  Illumina created action-plan templates in a number of projects, providing learners with a specific tool they can use to guide their application of what they’ve learned when they take their new knowledge back to the job.

Libraries of Additional Resources

In a number of cases, clients want collections of additional resources for their learners, either to be accessed from within a course or separately outside of a course.  Illumina has helped to develop/assemble elements such as how-to videos, procedural documents, troubleshooting guides, glossaries, and other items.  Illumina also has used a number of approaches to make such resources easily available to learners.