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Home > News > January 2006 > 31-Jan-2006

Training Foundation launches TAP Blended Learning Certificate

The Training Foundation has launched a TAP Certificate in Blended Learning. The new certificate is available via a two-day classroom course or online and aims to help trainers become conversant with the wide range of options available and the critical factors in making blended learning a success.

The Training Foundation's chief executive Nick Mitchell said: "The Blended Learning Certificate is a recognition of the increased integration of face-to-face and online methods.

"It is no longer relevant to look at e-learning as a specialist task on the periphery of training. All trainers now have an important role to play in harnessing the power of new technologies alongside the best of the so-called traditional methods. This is especially true with the advent of easy-to-use new online tools that encourage more informal and collaborative learning approaches. As learners become more empowered, so must trainers.

"Today's trainer needs to be a multi-skilled facilitator who knows how to turn on the learning tap and keep it flowing. We believe we're better placed than any other UK organisation to help them to do this."

The Training Foundation says participants will gain hands-on experience of a wide range of e-learning methods, including interactive self-study materials, a virtual classroom, an online authoring tool and a virtual learning environment. Delegates will get the chance to maintain their own learning blog (web journal), assemble and distribute a Podcast and contribute to an e-learning wiki (a website created and maintained by its users).

According to the Training Foundation, the new Foundation Certificate in Blended Learning acts as gateway to all four of The Training Foundation's role-based e-learning skills certificates: the Certificate in e-Learning Development Skills (for those specialising in developing e-learning materials), the Certificate in e-Learning Training Skills (for trainers who run live virtual classroom sessions), the Certificate in e-Learning Tutoring Skills (for those who provide online support to learners) and the Certificate in e-Learning Management Skills (for strategic and project managers).

The Training Foundation adds that this programme, if combined with face-to-face skills certification under the Trainer Assessment Programme (TAP), can lead to students being awarded the Diploma in Blended Learning.

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