What is Blended Learning?
We can provide blended learning which combines online learning with classroom, lab, and on-the-job training. Blended learning includes classroom agendas, knowledge tests, and job-test protocols. This combination of training methods, using a learning management system or LMS as a one-stop shop, is the most effective and economical way for building knowledge and skills within your network.
Blended Learning Experience
Saturn managed all technical training for the Colorado weatherization program during the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Saturn installed the LMS Moodle and branded it for the Governor’s Energy Office (GEO). Then Saturn installed 6 online technical courses, each requiring between 35 and 50 hours of effort. The purpose of these online courses was to teach knowledge necessary to optimize the benefit of more expensive lab and hands-on training. Classroom training focused on discussion and problem solving of the content covered by the online training. Online and classroom training provided students with a consistent level of knowledge to the lab and hands-on training.
Saturn provided both technical and administrative online training to the Texas Department of Housing and Community Development (TDHCA) for two years during ARRA. Saturn installed the LMS Moodle and branded it for TDHCA. The courses supported classroom and hands-on training for new and existing employees of the Texas weatherization program and utility conservation programs.
Saturn worked with the Indiana Housing Department on a training and certification program designed to train 200 new energy auditors before they were hired by Indiana’s weatherization agencies during ARRA. Saturn first registered candidates for a technical literacy exam, which Saturn created, administered, and scored. Candidates, who passed the exam, enrolled in Saturn’s 45-hour energy auditor course. Applicants who passed the online course moved on to classroom, lab, and hands-on training by the Indiana Community Action Association (INCAA). The innovative part of this collaboration is that the hiring agencies never hired or even met the candidates until they were fully trained.