9. Of course it’s not that simple

Designing blended solutions
In the last two posts I’ve concentrated on the two characteristics that seem to have the biggest impact on your design – prior learning and the motivation to learn – but learners are more complex than that. You’ll want to find out as much information about your target population as you can; for example:

  • The learner’s hopes and fears, particularly what is likely to be pre-occupying their thoughts.
  • Cultural differences, from country to country and organisation to organisation, in the way that formal learning is carried out.
  • Expectations about the nature of formal learning based on past experience.
  • Computer literacy.
  • Any obstacles, such as child care responsibilities, which hinder learners travelling to training events.
  • The degree and nature of any disabilities.

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