Some l&d professionals stick to one of the strategies almost as a matter of faith – it sums up their philosophy of how learning should be achieved. And for some organisations, the strategy that they use for learning is so pervasive that it has almost become a cultural expectation. But in practice, it pays to remain agnostic. Each of these strategies has its place, depending on what needs to be learned and by whom. The trick is to use your judgement in determining which strategy to use and when.
Use it or lose it
A good start would be to reflect on the learning solutions for which you are currently responsible. What learning strategies are used within these solutions? Why did you select these strategies? Do you still feel they are the correct choice?
Move on to look at a solution that you are currently considering. Find out as much as you can about the learning requirement and the characteristics of your audience. Ask yourself which strategy or combination of strategies would work best. Check your ideas out against the guidelines presented here.
Video: see Clive Shepherd talking about the four learning strategies in this YouTube interview.
Book: read about how the four learning strategies can be used when designing a blended learning solution in The Blended Learning Cookbook.