Blended Learning is the combination of online digital media with traditional classroom learning methods. It requires a facilitators to be physically present with the student. The teacher or trainer dictates the pace and path of learning. Blended Learning is becoming much more prevalent in both education and in corporate learning.
- Personalised approach – the combination of live, interactive, face-to-face instruction along with digital content and personalised learning strategies helps increase student learning.
- Flexibility – Digital content can be more flexible and dynamic than traditional textbooks
- Reinforcement – The ability to watch instruction multiple times, stop, pause, and rewind is beneficial for many students.
- Extend hours – Blended Learning expands the walls of the classroom or training room by allowing learners to continue learning outside of work or school hours.
Before implementing Blended Learning ask yourself these questions:
- How often will learners meet?
- When and how often will an instructor/trainer be online?
- Is participation synchronous or asynchronous?
- What are the technical requirements for learners?
- Where will assignments be posted?
- What format will they be in?
- How will you capture real time interactions?
- Is the LMS usable for learners?
Once these questions are answered you can move forward with your Blended Learning strategy. It’s important that answers to these questions are well thought out and that learners needs are taken into mind if you want to start reaping the benefits of blended learning.
So, why choose Blended Learning over eLearning, or face-to-face?
Basically, a blended approach ensures that not only is the learner engaged more and driving their individual learning experience to some degree, but also since different learners have different learning styles, a blended approach is more likely to cater to those varying needs. Of course there are also numerous benefits for the instructor – instant feedback, and the ability to quickly assess learner performance and needs based on reporting, testing or quizzing via the Learning Management System.
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