Blended learning is an education program (formal or non-formal) that combines online digital media with traditional classroom methods”. So blended learning mixes various teaching techniques, learning styles, and delivery methods. In most cases blended learning combines a mix of classroom meetings and content delivered via some form of online platform. As an example you combine a E-learning course with a classroom session.
Why Blended Learning?
Improves efficiency of learning
Blended learning allows teachers to use a combination of digital instruction and one-on-one face time to improve efficiency in the classroom. The most common example is that you put the theory of the course in de online course and you focus in the classroom on the practical things.
Blended Learning Saves money
Education can be extremely expensive. Blended learning can help organizations to save money by reducing classrooms sessions with online learning (e-learning). With E-learning you don’t have any overhead costs like a teacher, rent of a classroom, travel costs for the students etc.
Personalizes learning or learning in your own pace
Blended learning is able to personalize education in a way that a more traditional classroom setup simply cannot. When teachers stand in front of desks and educate students about a new concept, kids of varying academic skill levels are not able to take extra time or work ahead as they may need. They are depended of the pace of the teacher. Online learning (e-learning) allows students to work at their own pace, making sure they fully understand new concepts before moving on.
It can make learning more fun!
What do you prefer, a hard copy book or set of papers or a high interactive e-learning or game? These days almost everybody has a smartphone or access to a computer. So use this in you learning program. An hard copy book is passive, it is almost impossible to track any progress and you can’t combine video’s or web-links in it. With e-learning or gamification you can make your courses integrative by using different kind of question type, integrate video’s or use software simulations. This makes it not only more fun it is also much more effective.