Exclusive Workshop: Designing Blended Learning Journeys by Lori Figueiredo

Our Head Learning Strategist will be conducting an exclusive workshop in Kuala Lumpur soon! Find out more how you can get your content ready for mobile learning and get your team learning on the go.

Program Title: Designing Learning Journey Workshop
Venue:  Level 4, Pentagon Suite, Jalan Teknokrat 6, Cyberjaya, Selangor 63000 Malaysia 
Date: 24 & 25 February 2016
Time: 9am to 5pm 

Syzygy!® Series Cycle 1 | Developing your mindset as a learning journey designer

“We all have an innate ability to learn, adapt and continuously improve, as we have for millions of years.  This is called evolution.  We have a need to strive towards a meaningful purpose.  This is called motivation.  We achieve more when we work and learn with others.  This is called collaboration.”  Lori Figueiredo, Learning Strategist.

As learning designers, we will challenge our assumptions and existing mindset.  We will apply simple techniques to create high impact learning journeys that connect people with their natural ability to:
•    Improve their own performance
•    Achieve a clear purpose
•    Add value to their organisation’s performance

Over 3 weeks as we apply the step-by-step Syzygy!® design process you will create the learning journey for a real target group you need (or would like) to develop.  You will be guided through the design process:
•    Week 1 – 3: Using the mobile coaching app with content to LEARN, activities to DO and responses to SHARE with others on this course 
•    Week 2: Bring your work-in-progress to the 1-day workshop and get live coaching by Lori plus a chance to share face-to-face as a group
•    End of Week 3: Share your successes on a virtual call

Learning Objective
Using your real life scenario we will work and learn together to design the end-to-end learning journey for your target group using the Syzygy!® Approach.  You will immediately LEARN, DO and SHARE step-by-step the Syzygy!® design principles, tools and techniques that support learning in real life; in real time; in real teams.  

Expected Learning Outcome
You will design the learning journey for your chosen target group to build:
•    Their capabilities critical to achieve a clear purpose
•    A community that works and learns together
•    A culture of continuous improvement 

Course Outline
We will practice what we preach….  We will form our own learning team and learn as we work together through our 3-step design process:
•    Step 1. Imagine success; define the PEOPLE involved and their PURPOSE with breakdown of their performance outcomes critical for their success
•    Step 2. Create success; develop the end-to-end learning PROCESS as a journey made up of 70/20/10, learning PLATFORM (delivery mechanisms, materials and tools) & learning PRINCIPLES to ensure engagement and empowerment
•    Step 3. Celebrate success; outline mechanisms to assess, reward and showcase successes

Find out more about the event!

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Lori Explains: The Syzygy Achieve. Do. Learn. Framework

Problem: Lots of unnecessary crud in many learning/upskilling/onboarding programs. Unimportant and waste of time & resources for businesses. Cognitive overload and low engagement for learners.

Solution: A learning design expert that’s worked with many Fortune 500 and FTSE 100 companies—Lori Figueiredo will teach you her proven framework to “cut through the crap” (in her own words).

Evidence: She has developed solutions for Standard Chartered, Adobe, Symantec, Cisco and many others, with her framework as a core component. She’s saved these companies millions of dollars and plenty of confusion.

Outcome: Learn about the Syzygy Framework and some examples of it’s applications. For business managers, make better decisions in choosing programs; for trainers/L&D, design/structure results-oriented programs.

Audience: Business unit leaders, L&D managers, trainers.

Price: Free. Only 10 slots available per timing.

When (Malaysia/Singapore Time):

  1. 3 September 2015 (Thursday), 2.00pm to 3.00pm (GMT +8)
  2. 3 September 2015 (Thursday), 8.00pm to 9.00pm (GMT +8)

We’ll send out more information about how to access the webinar a few days before the webinar.

Sign up for the webinar here

Syzygy Framework Webinar September

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3 Methods to Blend Your Learning

At the end of this post there’s a bonus method that has increased our client’s learner engagement by up to 90%. Read on and find out!

Most training are done in real life workshops. Some skills require in-person training, and have the best effect when there’s some visceral interaction between trainer and learner.

For many learners, workshops are amazing learning experiences. You have a trainer/mentor who’s there in person and dedicated time away to learn (instead of trying to juggle it with work). However, once this workshop is over, much of the knowledge and training is lost!

Some organizations keep only a few copies of every workshop material with HR as reference… that doesn’t get touched for months or years. All that is wasted resources, learning, and ultimately wasted potential performance and value for the organization.

Question: How can we harvest the learning experience of workshops and reinforce this learning longer?
Answer: Use digital coaches to help structure, assess, reinforce, and track learning with workshops through a blended learning approach.

Blended Learning

Will it blend? by Blendtec

Blended learning is a simple concept: Most learners go to workshops to learn skills and knowledge. To reinforce that, we supplement their learning with a platform that needs to do these:

  • Be readily accessible, offline/online, phone/tablet/computer
  • Be able to give helpful and interesting bite-sized content
  • Be able to do assessments and track progress
  • Be able to discuss and learn from each other

Being advocates for blended and social learning, the Coursepad platform covers all these in an easy-to-use package 🙂

Beyond the platform, you need to structure and use it in such a way that’s effective. The best tool is only as good as its user. However fret not, as we’ll share with you some battle-tested methods from our experience working with clients (mix and match these to your needs):

Method 1: Workshop + Supplementary Learning Content


  1. Participants attend workshop
  2. Set up lessons in Coursepad that mimics workshop content structure
  3. In each lesson, add in supplementary information such as PDF documents, slides, video instruction
  4. Participants can thus access content during and after workshop

Works best

  • To reinforce and supplement workshop learning, and provide reference material that won’t get lost
  • In workshops that do assessments in-person (e.g. technical skills)

Method 2: Workshop + Discussion/Social Learning Platform


  1. Participants attend workshop
  2. Set up lessons in Coursepad that mimics content structure
  3. In each lesson, add in Assignments, and add in “Discussion” type questions
    Discussion Question
  4. Typically, the best discussion questions are phrased starting with “Share your…”, “Tell us about…”
  5. Ask about experiences, stories and ideas
  6. Moderate/facilitate as you see fit
  7. Highlight the most discussed or most liked post!

Works best

  • To get participants to further process context and situations for application of learning content
  • In workshops for soft skills training (e.g. customer service, critical thinking, communication)

Method 3: Workshop + Followup Assessment and Track-over-time


  1. Participants attend workshop
  2. Set up lessons in Coursepad that mimics content structure
  3. Add in lessons that are scheduled after the workshops (3 weeks, 6 weeks and so on)
  4. In each lesson, add in Assignments and Questions. Depending on your needs, questions can prompt learners to feedback their experiences on applying what they learnt; or questions can be technical knowledge to remind them to refresh their memory on the learnt material.
  5. Grade their answers, and track their progress over time!
  6. This is very similar to what we shared last week in “#6 Help Your Learners Remember Everything

Works best

  • To track learner retention and application over time (essentially your training ROI!)
  • With a planned learning strategy/solution (ideally not just a single workshop)

Method 4: (This awesome method helped us and our clients hit over 90% learner engagement.)

Email me at chiawei@coursepad.com about what you plan to do with it and I’ll send it to you free!

That’s all for this week!

Wishing you well,

Chia Wei

Chia Wei and Team Coursepad

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