Blended Learning: the Essence and Benefits in Today’s World

Blended learning: what is it, and what does it consist of?

The main features of blended learning

  • Teachers calculate their own time — this increases the efficiency of teaching;
  • Teachers focus on non-cognitive skills (communication, self-identification, teamwork, etc.) and on shaping students’ attitudes;
  • schools use the group teaching system: for example, one class is taught by two teachers who share their experience;
  • One day a day, students work independently while teachers conduct short 10-week individual tests for each student(s) in the class.
  • Lively sub-studies. In essence, “live discussions” involve a portion of routine work “in the classroom” with teachers and other students. Depending on the blended learning system in a particular case, the amount and type of offline activity will differ. However, it is necessary as part of the learning process.
  • Online content (self-study). During this type of work, a student (girl) independently develops materials at his (her) own pace and place. Teachers must provide complete and understandable instructions for the work the student(s) should do independently.
  • Spin Team. Two key elements combine: work with peers and work with teachers. Students can find new solutions and share their experiences and knowledge by working with peers. Through individual work with the teacher(s), the student(s) can answer personal questions and clarify unclear points. Such a model must be created for a particular type of training and course.
  • It is vital that such cooperation can take place both in the classroom during group assignments and via e-mail or social networks.
  • Assessment. Evaluation is vital for both students and teachers. Students can monitor their progress, and teachers can assess their knowledge and regulate the learning process through individualized structuring. Students (-women) explain the passage of a particular course. Such a model must be created for a specific type of education and course. To understand how students perceive the material and improve this process, teachers can also use tests. For information on how to create an effective assessment system through quizzes, see our blog post “How to Create Effective Quizzes.
  • Additional materials. Extras can include disrupted materials, schemes, valuable resources, and so on.

Why are the advantages of mixed learning?

  • Accessibility and user-friendly use. Self-assessment of some of the material makes the learning process more flexible. Listeners can watch the course at a pace that is comfortable for them. The format of the lessons often does not allow for repetition of what has been covered or comprehension of new material at the required length. In mixed instruction, students themselves can structure the passage of the material they need to learn within a single topic. For example, returning to previous lessons, looking for additional information, taking notes, etc.
  • It is reducing the educational process. According to research in various fields, the blended learning system is more effective than conventional classroom or online learning, regardless of the course focus. It is due to:
  1. The best design of the instructions. Often courses in the blended learning system are more direct. It means a thorough methodological development and design of education for a particular period and works in it.
  2. The best entailment. Students do not simply receive instruction from teachers or follow a course syllabus through the blended learning system. They acquire tools for self-guidance and searching for material within the boundaries of the topic.
  3. They take into account the individual’s capabilities. Working with online materials allows students to move at their own pace, rather than being indifferent to the decision of the class. In some cases, the electronic system (if required by the course) provides students with a feedback loop, allowing them to fill in missed assignments or go back to terms they have forgotten.
  4. They are increasing the level of involvement as a result of social interaction. Because of the usual system, students rarely work on a given topic with the whole class. In addition, some people find it challenging to work with large groups of people. Therefore, instead of reducing the amount of social interaction through the introduction of an online component, blended learning is often more likely to stimulate teamwork.
  5. Monitored time for assignments. Online platforms allow you to watch the time students spend on different tasks. Thus, you can regulate the educational process and work with specific students.

Reducing (or bending) costs.

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