Three Easy-to-Understand Types of Learning Experiences

Types of learning experiences include group experiences either in-person or online/distance learning, individual experiences with self-study products, and blended experiences that include elements of both group and individual learning experiences.

Here are ASHA's three options for Type of Learning Experience:


Participants engage as a group, interacting with each other, an instructor, and the material. Courses may include formats like workshops, seminars, conferences, webinars, telephone seminars, video conferences, technical and poster sessions, roundtable discussions, and traditional academic courses.

Individual (i.e., self-study) 

Participants engage individually, with no interaction with other learners, using the same material. Self-study courses may include journals, newsletters, and audio and video recordings.


Participants engage using elements of both Group and Individual formats. These courses may be provided in online/distance learning or in-person settings and may have prerequisite reading and/or video/case study viewing required prior to, during, or after the in-person portion.

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