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Blended Learning – Does it Inspire Better Learning?


Anybody initiating a research on the new trends of education and impact of technology on learning would seem to assume Blended learning, as a new turnaround in the world of education. However, not many people know that combining the traditional way of learning with the modern method has actually been a practice of years. Merging face-to-face learning with online learning or computer-mediated technologies is a trend that has been followed since earlier days. The increased use of the term relating to flexible learning in academic and corporate circles has made it a familiar to the world.

Blended Learning – The Broadened Horizon

The learning that usually refers to combining face-to-face instruction and online learning in recent times has witnessed various newly invented modes of course delivery. Here, is a look at the recent innovations that refers this learning –

  • Face-to-face and e-learning
  • Classroom lectures and podcasts
  • Asynchronous and synchronous Learning
  • Structured courses and simulation games
  • Face-to-face and learning via social media

Blended Leaning – The Benefits

blended learningWhy blend learning is the most probable question that comes up in the context. Well, the answer is simple- the purpose of blending the two ways of learning lies in engaging students in advanced learning followed by rich interactive experience. While, the classroom time can beused for pursuing traditional learning, the online mode allows flexible delivery of learning content during any time of the day. According to education theory and practices, this learning offers the best outcomes, some of the benefits include –

  • Dropout rate reduced
  • Improved retention of knowledge
  • Enhanced interaction and Social support and interaction

Blended Learning and Distance Learning

Since, this learning blends online learning with face-to-face learning, the next probable question that might come up in your mind is how it benefits the distance learning courses. Distance learning in today’s age joining hands with technological development has swiftly made its way into the digital world. In the face of such technological development, attending classroom teaching refers to login to the virtual classroom setting.

Communicating with your instructor, attending video conferencing, and participating in chat discussion boards explains classroom teaching in the digital world of education. Blended learning in the perspective of distance learning courses strategically replaces the traditional classroom teaching over a virtual classroom setting. This setting allows you to interact with your instructor, keeping the flexibility of online learning intact.

Blended Learning – Examples

Here is a look at some of the colleges and universities that have experienced successful delivery of knowledge through effective application of blended learning –

  • University of Tennessee – the Physician Executive MBA (PEMBA) course designed for the doctors delivers a blend of synchronous e-learning and traditional classroom teaching.
  • Stanford University – undergraduate mathematics program is designed on the model of blended learning that combines text and graphic narration in synchronous learning, whereas the asynchronous learning requires the students to go through the traditional form of learning enhanced by e-mail and telecommunication support from teachers.
  • Ericsson Education (Ireland) – the telecommunication course offers an effective blend of synchronous and asynchronous e-learning.

Additionally, colleges and universities like, MIT, Oxford, Stanford, and University College London features a platform of blended learning. This learning mode combines mobile learning both in the form of audio and video files along with podcasts with traditional learning held at classrooms.

If the subject interests you then, referring to the Wikipedia page on Blended Learning  is sure to attract your attention, as it offers a complete and detailed understanding of the subject.

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Author Bio – Robert Williams loves to explore the sector of education that is continuously experiencing new changes in the hands of technological development. Distance Learning Courses and innovation related to the same is his main area of interest. In this article, he focuses upon the subject Blended Learning, as an educational, leveraging technology in perspective of distance learning courses.

Image credit to  Patrick Hoesly (Attribution Some rights reserved)

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