Further reflection this week, particularly pertaining to business-aligned learning. There is a great model for learning used worldwide by many businesses. It is known as the 70:20:10 model.

It states that;

  • 70% of learning is experiential, on-the-job learning.
  • 20% of learning is social and on-demand.
  • 10% of learning is formal and delivered through structured, taught sessions.

Interestingly this model is rather old (it was identified in the 1980’s) but, according to trainingindustry.com;

“One frequent observation is that while the model’s specific ratios do not reflect current learning opportunities, it remains generally consistent with the developmental experiences of many individuals. Thus, the model continues to serve as a valuable guideline on how to employ various developmental experiences.” (trainingindustry.com, 2017)

So how can 70:20:10 be enhanced for blended and online programmes?

Possible through clever application of technology to address the 20% and 10% with applications to provide evidence of the 70%.

Social learning (20%) can be extremely useful for learners. In fact Mcabe and Gonzalez-Flores state;

“Student-to-student interaction is one of the greatest advantages of online learning.” (2017)

For remote students social learning can really help to encourage reading and further enhance their understanding through communication with peers and tutors. This is highly evidenced through the course that I am currently studying on. I have felt encouraged and supported by peers and found readings that I would never have looked at unless there was a social element to the course.

10% of learning can be done through webinars, digital lectures and other formal means. The Learning and Performance Institute offer great webinars about conducting webinars and using online classrooms. They state that just uploading slides isn’t enough. Resources should be adapted and interactive.This is to address the fact that the 1080 group identified that 92% of people multi-task during webinars (LPI, 2017).

Finally the 70%. Really I only have academic experience in this area from a technical support point of view. Registering CPD and the like can be used to evidence the 70% but I have found that applying the theory gained in the more formal 10 and 20% sections has been the mainstay of my 70% experience. In fact I would classify this blog as part of my 70% as I am reflecting and applying theory in a less formal way.

From what I can see 70:20:10 is a model that will continue to be used. There was a heavy endorsement of its continued use at this years learning technologies conference, so I guess it’s here to stay.


McCabe, M. F.; Gonzalez-Flores, P; (2017); “Essentials of Online Teaching, A Standards-Based Guide”, Routledge

trainingindustry.com; (last accessed 20/03/17); “70:20:10 Model for Learning and Development”; https://www.trainingindustry.com/wiki/entries/the-702010-model-for-learning-and-development.aspx


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