One of the greatest challenges a teacher faces is how to incorporate a lesson which appeals to, and can be understood by, the various types of learners participating in the class. Researchers believe that blended learning will be able to help with that.
Personalized Education Yields Superior Results
In recent years, the concept of increasing the integration of technology into educational environments has garnered much support. While there will always be a need for the traditional “brick-and-mortar” style of learning, there has been a definite increase in the usage of eLearning techniques within both school, as well as corporate training, curriculums, leaving teachers to wonder whether or not their jobs will soon be replaced by computer-mediated activities. In 2010, the United States Department of Education published the results of a study intended to measure the effectiveness of face-to-face (F2F) versus online learning. The evidence they found supported the notion that a combination of F2F interactions as well as eLearning lessons developed an environment that fostered the most academic achievement. Pace University and the NYC Teaching Fellows have even started to offer a two-year certificate program exclusively to train future educators about ways that they can “integrate digital tools and online content into their instruction.”
Blended learning differs from traditional “distance education” courses in that the class is not entirely conducted online, whereas it also deviates from simply including the use of computers inside the physical classroom. The increasing occurrences of businesses – from small start-ups to Fortune 500’s – who are incorporating this type of educational program into their employee training programs, represents a progressive shift in instructional strategies.
It’s a Win-Win for Both Students and Teachers
Blended learning is reshaping how teachers, lecturers, and administrators approach web-based lesson plans in F2F settings; its very definition specifies that the student, in part, has control over when, where, and at what pace they want to work through the online portion of the course. In this way, teachers feel less rushed to make sure they are mentioning all of the relevant information during their lectures, and students feel less pressured to absorb and grasp each concept in a short amount of time. Now, teachers can better utilize the time that’s allotted for F2F learning (i.e. Q&A sessions). A formal education program like blended learning will only improve as time passes and more businesses and academic institutions adopt and experiment with its techniques. If achieving a higher level of learning that is able to reach out to a larger, and more diverse group of potential learners is a priority for the American people, then we are certainly headed in the right direction. For a more in-depth definition, check out this article by TeachThought.com! Read our blog post on extra blended learning resources.