Laura Leyton James posts about activities that may be required to be completed before attending training of some kind. She mentions how there is often no direction or timescales (other than before a course) and how it is often perceived as optional. She looks at how technologies have produced blended learning and speculates on the role of these kinds of activities:
Work is either work or it’s not. And if it’s not ‘work’ what is it? Is it reading? If so, reading is something you do therefore it’s work! Is it watching (a video)? If so, it’s still doing ergo work. There’s nothing ‘pre’ about it.