Introduction To Blended Learning

Introduction To Blended Learning

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Posted on Fri, Mar 20 2020

When it comes to learning, there are different strategies that can improve learning outcome. The ways learning takes place today is different from how it was twenty to thirty years ago. Much of this change has been related to the growth of technology. Educational technology plays a key role and has opened a new world of online learning.

Some organizations are using dynamic tools such as eLearning software alongside traditional classroom practices to achieve blended learning models. In this article, we'll delve into what blended learning is and highlight some of its benefits it offers organizations, instructors and learners. Well also note some pitfalls to look out for and explore how you can use blended learning as part of your learning strategy.

What is Blended Learning

Blended learning is an education approach that combines digital learning with traditional classroom-based method (face-to-face interaction within the classroom).

Incorporating the blended learning approach allows and stimulate learners to be active and bring about a shift from lecture-based approach to student centered learning. It encourages personalized learning experiences by combining the best aspect of face-to-face teaching with digital learning. It encourages interaction between learners-learners and learners-instructors and various resources used for instruction.

Benefits of Blended Learning.

The benefits of blended learning affect both learners, instructors and the learning process. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits.

  1. It makes learning fun especially through gamification.
  2. Learning materials can easily be updated as it is required
  3. Learners engagement can easily be tracked. Especially when using an eLearning tools (LMS – Learning Management Software) that offers reporting.
  4. The learner is more engaged because different learning materials are involved. (e.g. video, audio, visually enhanced presentations).
  5. It is cost effective.
  6. It reduces face-to-face learning cost (e.g. travel cost and printed learning material cost).
  7. It encourages social learning behavior; it allows interaction with fellow learners and instructors.
  8. If offers the learner convenience and flexibility; learners can control their learning pace and can learn anytime and anywhere.

Pitfalls to look out for

The benefits of blended learning are very exciting. Before you start utilizing this strategy, there a few pitfalls you should avoid.

  1. Start slow. Don’t just jump into incorporating Blended Learning as a learning strategy. Starting slow gives learners time to adapt gradually to blended learning concept. Also, it enables the instructor assess what is working and what is not from a content perspective.
  2. Understand and analyze the learners, identify what they need to know and review instructional materials and course contents to suit your observation. Keep in mind that what works for face-to-face strategy may not necessarily work for online strategy.
  3. Avoid using LMS – Learning Management Software that does not meet your need and that cannot measure learning outcome.

When using Blended Learning strategy, keep in mind that its aim is to combine the strength of both traditional and digital learning method in order to give learners a more engaging learning experience. It is important to identify your learning goals then think about how each goal can be achieved in an online and offline setting.

PRODIGY LEARNING MANAGEMET SYSTEM (PRODIGY LMS), makes it easy to setup blended learning model. To learn more, Contact Prodigy School Solution.

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