Benefits for learnersThe blended learning approach provides flexibility that caters to the learners’ needs. For students, they have unique learning styles and processing abilities and blended learning systems are where they thrive best, below we get to see why:
- Increase student interest: when technology is integrated into school lessons, learners are more likely to be interested in, focused on, and excited about the subjects they are studying, while also increasing information retention.
- Keep students focused for longer: The use of computers to look up information & data is a tremendous lifesaver, combined with access to resources such as the internet to conduct research. This engagement and interaction with the resources keep students focused for longer periods than they would, with books or paper resources. It also helps students develop learning through exploration and research.
- Provides student autonomy: The use of eLearning materials increases a student’s ability to set appropriate learning goals and take charge of his or her own learning, which develops an ability that will be translatable across all subjects.
- Instil a disposition of self-advocacy: Students become self-driven and responsible, tracking their individual achievements, which helps develop the ability to find the resources or get the help they need, self-advocating so they can reach their goals. In summary, it delivers education for self-actualisation rather than for employment or enterprise.
- Promote student ownership: Blended learning instils a sense of ‘student ownership over learning’ which can be a powerful force propelling the learning. It is this feeling of responsibility that helps the feeling of ownership.
- Allow instant diagnostic information and student feedback: The ability to rapidly analyse, review and give feedback to student work, gives the teacher the ability to tailor teaching methods and provide feedback for each student while improving time efficiency.
- Prepares students for the future: Blended learning offers a multitude of real-world skills, that directly translate into life skills, from: Research skills. Better decision making. Computer literacy.
Benefits for Learning Institutions and StructureFor administrators in learning institutions (these are the decision-makers for Universities and other learning institutions) the concern is focused on the relevance and precision of teaching/training. Blended learning’s just-in-time (JIT) teaching benefit, is an effective attribute of blended learning lauded by training and decision stakeholder users. There’s something about literally having someone hold your hand through a growth process, and translating this experience into skills learnt via precise support of computer-aided technology, is where blended learning comes in. It offers the ideal mix of prep and practice. Notable benefits that features of a blended learning approach can bring to a university include;
- Interactive Learning Modules: Traditional forms of training are, ironically, passive. The fact they involve ‘real people’, as opposed to computer screens, leaves you assuming they’re more engaging. In truth, seminars and workshops are largely cosmetic affairs. Learners slump in their seats, take lots of selfies and live for snack breaks. They’re more focused on after-hours networking than the course itself. For many learners, a workshop is either a paid party or even long hours of a showcase on, recited information/research that might not be furthered or even explored by people taking them. But, Blended learning structured courses are designed and implemented to hold off the fun, social aspect, and illusive distraction of paraded information until after knowledge is digitally acquired. You get to practically explore your book-learning, screen-learning really, and then reap the condensed benefits of face-to-face seminars or video-conferences.
- Support In Their Moment Of Need: Blended learning software merges facets of sinking lessons and giving a deeper learning experience when educating. Such that in a situation where a learner freezes, there’s an actual flesh-and-blood person there to guide and direct them. It’s a powerful tool for assimilation and recalling.
- Risk-Free Real-World Experience: Simulations are touted as the best form of contextual training. Simulations are a dry practice run that provides all the skills you need, at least in theory. An individual can practice as often as you want. But before you take on your activities ‘live’. Blended learning exposes you to tactile million naira tasks without million naira risks. It takes a learner past intellectual exposure and into tangible engagement, closing the training loop.
- Collaborative Training Sessions: Usually, individuals frequently overrate in-person group work, because most of it is left to the ‘I- too- Know’ learners or geeks. Collaborating online is constantly evolving to be more inclusive. Digital footprints make it easy to see exactly who’s doing what, and who’s doing nothing. So, everyone is forced to do their part. This doesn’t really feel like a joint task, though, since everyone can do their bit and leave. They don’t fully get to work together or exchange ideas. Collaborative training sessions which is implement blended learning facilitate transitions On-screen, where everyone completes their portion. With, learners getting together and compiling their individual segments into a cohesive whole. It’s the best of both modes.
- Multi-Format Training Styles: We often talk about the four modes of learning, text-based, visual, aural, and manual. Online training emphasizes the first 3. You read the instructions, you watch a how-to demo, you listen to step-by-step instructions. The fourth mode is generally restricted to traditional classroom set-ups which now you can run through on an online simulation. but it doesn’t have the same effect as physically trying something out. Online learning allows you to pick your preferred mode out of the three. Conventional training set-up mostly limits learners to the fourth. Both systems are deficient in isolation, but blended learning systems merge them for better results.
Summarising this section, Blended Learning is a mixture of learning methods that incorporate multiple teaching modals–most frequently e-Learning and traditional face-to-face learning. It is the best learning approach as it brings the best of different learning systems for more effective outcomes. overcoming old-school barriers and course-corrects digital omissions; an advantage that is fully harnessed only when professionally Implemented.