What’s The Blended Learning Process?
Blended learning has become more meaningful since COVID-19 came on the scene. Today, it means a learning method that uses classroom and virtual learning.
Our training strategy can accommodate all learning styles:
We incorporate some tools and steps into the process. This ensures the learner can achieve their learning goals.
1) The first step is assessing readiness to learn. This helps the learner identify any potential roadblocks to learning. We use several tools which provide valuable data for the learner and instructor.
2) The second step is learning how to learn. This is a set of tools to enhance memory. Most academic and professional systems tell you what to learn but not how to learn. We teach participants how to create a memory palace with unlimited potential. This enhances all areas of life where memory recall is essential.
3) The third step is instruction and reinforcement using teach-back and skill demonstration. When you show others how to do something, you enhance your knowledge of the techniques you teach.
“Online education, then, can serve two goals. For students lucky enough to have access to great teachers, blended learning can mean even better outcomes at the same or lower cost. And for the millions here and abroad who lack access to good, in-person education, online learning can open doors that would otherwise remain closed.” — Daphne Koller
We find many traditions use the same preparatory steps. So, we can combine these similar elements to streamline training steps.
This blended learning tactic enables us to teach several methods in a short period. We keep the integrity of the traditions intact but accelerate the learning process.
Feedback is a way to ensure the learner is ready for the next step. Reinforcing learning reduces many of the problems. People progress at their own pace. This process results in better learning outcomes.
The best way to ensure you know something is to teach it. So, we’ve built the teach-back opportunity to share and help others. Everyone in the process is both a student and a facilitator. The more we learn, the more we can pass along. It’s also a way for people with natural leadership abilities to come forward. This method of teaching isn’t new. It follows an ancient pattern Joseph Campbell called The Hero’s Journey.
Keeping Ancient Traditions Intact
The blended learning process isn’t new. It’s a common thread we find in many ancient knowledge systems. They may not have understood modern learning theory, but their systems often mirror this method.
We believe it is an effective learning forum for people at all levels. Another aspect of the process is reinforcement through teach-back opportunities. One of the best ways to ensure you know something is to teach it. So, we’ve built the opportunity to share and help others in the culture.
“The problem now is that young people, young indigenous people, are not so interested in preserving traditional knowledge. So for them, seeing that it was important for us and for the outside world, this traditional knowledge, it was a big deal to them.” — Ciro Guerra
Another critical point is that we keep the integrity of traditions intact. We do not change the actual process. We use continual feedback checks throughout the process to ensure the learner is ready for the next step in the learning progression.
The Hero’s Journey
This learning process we’ve described isn’t a new model. However, it is probably one of the most effective ever devised. You might say that modern learning theory recognizes this pattern in ancient methods. The early pioneers of consciousness may not have had all the learning tools we do today. They did not have video and recording devices. However, they learned to leverage the tools they had. Many traditions follow an ancient pattern Joseph Campbell calls the Hero’s Journey.
“The hero’s journey always begins with the call. One way or another, a guide must come to say, ‘Look, you’re in Sleepy Land. Wake. Come on a trip. There is a whole aspect of your consciousness, your being, that’s not been touched. So you’re at home here? Well, there’s not enough of you there.’ And so it starts.” ― Joseph Campbell
The Hero’s Journey is a pattern at the core of many spiritual philosophies. So, our blended learning process mirrors this universal pattern. You can see this blueprint in the stories of many famous teachers, like Buddha and Jesus.
Every tradition has its characters, but the pattern of the story has the same elements. It is the story of a special person who awakens, fights battles, and overcomes obstacles to become a champion. This pattern resonates with us on a spiritual level. It resonates because it is the goal of our spiritual journey.
We divide the Hero’s Journey into three phases. The three natural phases of this quest are awakening, transforming, and inspiring.
You can break it into 36 separate elements, but these three are the primary divisions that are easiest to recognize. These phases overlap and sometimes repeat. You can find this pattern in your spiritual journey. This pattern shows up as cycles that repeat over and over, again and again.
Phase One – Awakening
Awakening involves exploring the essential tools for consciousness exploration while building community. Here is where we build a foundation of basics. We begin to explore and awaken the gifts we have in our DNA.
It’s all about building a foundation of spiritual practice. For example, we learn about the benefits of using a journal to spot incremental growth and obstacles. We provide opportunities to learn basic meditative practices like mindfulness meditation and forest bathing. We facilitate using the Enneagram Personality Profile questionnaire and the emotional check-in process.
We create a forum for people with different backgrounds to come and share. Small group learning exercises are another primary tool. In this phase, we identify our strengths. Throughout this phase, we use the tools for teaching, reinforcing, and providing opportunities for teaching back.
We learn new technologies like the emotional check and repeating exercise processes, then teach them. The preparation phase enables us to be ready to learn more profound practices. All the while, we are building a diverse community.
The advantages of using a blended learning model are clear from the beginning. Many tell us they learn more in this awakening phase in a few short meetings than in month-long seminars. Participants become co-teachers and coaches. Helping each other reinforces learning and helps to overcome obstacles.
Phase Two – Transforming
The second phase is ideal for a weekend retreat. A virtual learning weekend event with some outdoor meetings is adequate for now.
Setting aside a whole weekend is essential for several reasons. Because many techniques build in a sequence, it is imperative to have enough time to practice and get comfortable with one step before moving on to the next.
Understanding and practicing the basic strategies incorporating seated and moving meditation takes a weekend. We learn techniques in the morning and practice in the afternoon. This process ensures we can accommodate everyone’s learning style and abilities.
With this method, everyone has the time to assimilate the new information. By the way, we use the evenings to celebrate our successes. The weekend is a time for the emersion in more profound practice, which we rarely do in our modern lifestyles.
It’s common for people to say that the weekend experience, even the virtual ones, is an oasis, the stress of everyday life. When we can’t meet face-to-face, the virtual learning classroom provides a good substitute.
It’s a time to share our personal stories, recharge our spiritual and physical bodies, encourage and be energized, and heal. The weekend is often too fast for most who want to stay and bask in the synergy and positive energy generated by so many involved in this noble aim.
Third Phase – Inspiring
The third phase (Inspiring) occurs when we get back together after a weekend immersion event. After a week or two, we have new experiences to share. Perhaps some issues may have arisen that we can help to address.
We continue building, sharing, and helping others overcome any personal roadblocks. We reach out and partner with other like-minded people and groups. It helps us follow through, develop, establish our spiritual practices, and further our spiritual exploration. It is the Hero’s Journey.
Above all, follow the desire to explore the mysteries of the inner world. It is one of the main reasons we are here. The existence of non-ordinary states of consciousness is another reason we should explore consciousness. It opens the door to experiences that are beyond the realm of the ordinary.
We provide a personal virtual learning event to receive more than four hours of individual instruction. We tailor these sessions to meet your specific learning needs so they are appropriate for any level of experience.
Check out the curriculum and attend a free learning readiness assessment meeting. You’ll get a free Enneagram Personality Profile assessment of your dominant personality, wing type, and instinctual stack. You will take part in a photo recognition exercise. The result will give you an evaluation of your ability to benefit from a blended learning forum like ours.