In education settings it is important to get the balance right. Blended learning is an approach to education that combines online educational materials and online interaction with traditional classroom-based methods.
As society evolves, e-learning is taking a more central position in our educational structure. This is no clearer to see that during the coronavirus pandemic when education temporarily moved online.
But why is a blended learning approach so important and what benefits can e-learning bring? This blog post explains.
What is blended learning?
Blended learning is a learning process that combines e-learning with classroom methods in order to make learning more accessible.
A portion of learning occurs online, with the students able to manage at a pace where they feel comfortable. Learning can also be conducted through webinars, to allow remote learners to engage with the learning process.
It can also be known as hybrid learning.
Rachel Hartley, Senior Client Account Director for Education at Cogniant says:
“It redefines the role of the teacher, offering them more flexible delivery options, depending on the content, subject and capabilities of the students. This trend means educators can focus on student understanding, rather than the delivery method itself.”
3 benefits of blended learning for learners
Learning outside the classroom has always bee something that students have been encouraged to do, but explosions in technology mean that teaching via these methods is now far more engaging.
- It offers learners convenience and flexibility – they can control things at their own learning pace.
- Research suggests that blended learning provides a more comprehensive understanding.
- Social learning is supported as it allows learners to interact with instructors and fellow learners
3 benefits of blended learning for organisations
Technology helps saves teachers’ time, engagement is increased and tracking can be more easily monitored. Empowerment and responsibility is also given to students in order to improve their own abilities. Further:
- It reduces costs – fewer staffer, less travel, need for accommodation and no printed materials.
- Better learning engagement is achieved through using a variety of methods.
- It is easy to track who has utilised the question.
Ultimately, using this learning strategy results in a greater return on investment while potentially increasing the quality of learning.
How EDLounge Limited can help
Find out more about blended learning here.
EDLounge can assist in the creation of a blended learning platform for your school or organisation.
Our system caters for a range of learning materials, assessment, quizzes, tasks, coursework and exams to be inputted onto the online virtual learning platform and be accessed remotely be learner and trainer.
Tracking is an essential part of the learning process in order to provide feedback. Our system features a sophisticated tracking process so you can stay on top of student performance. Find out more here.