Blended learning is a mix of face-to-face training (such as in a classroom, one-on-one with a mentor, or peers learning together at a regional site) and self-study (often through computers or mobile devices). Self-study allows students to learn at their own pace and to fit it into their busy schedules. It also allows HCWs to continue to staff facilities with little to no interruption in services provided, facilitates just-in-time learning and can be scaled up in a cost effective manner, increasing number of HCWs trained.
E-learning is the delivery of content via electronic media, including computers and mobile devices. It can be synchronous (for example, students attend a live webinar) or asynchronous (for example, students work through an online case study at their own pace). Using eLearning in a training program can be cost-effective over the long-term in training many students, and it is more convenient for students when they can learn at their own pace at a time that works for them. According to the WHO, “eLearning is equivalent to, and perhaps even more effective than, traditional learning in terms of knowledge and skills gained.”