One of the many strengths of Absorb is the ability to combine a wide variety of content types together to achieve a single learning outcome.
Absorb allows you to create two types of courses, the first of which is online courses which are primarily used for the delivery of asynchronous web based content. The second is Instructor Led Courses – also referred to as ILCs - for the scheduling and management of live training. These sessions can be in a physical classroom or an online meeting tool such a GoToMeeting or WebEx.
These two course types can be brought together using a curriculum. For example, you might choose to deliver an online course containing an Absorb assessment following an ILC. If you include ILCs in a curriculum, the user will be given the ability to select from options set up by an Admin, the specific date and time of the session that works best for them. Because the session cannot be specified within a curriculum into which the user is to be enrolled, you must also set the session self-enrollment rules for that course to ensure that Users are only able to select sessions applicable to them. Given this functionality, you could have Users in different cities, countries or regions enrolled in the same curriculum, but still restrict them to enrolling only into sessions in their local area.
You can also manage blended learning inside an online course by adding several different learning objects to its syllabus. For example, you could create an online course containing an .MP4 video, a Tin Can course, and a real life task such as uploading a certificate. Once an Admin has decided they are satisfied that the task requirement has been met, they can mark it as complete in the Tasks Report.