Although technologies have successfully rushed in education and brought along a great number of advantages, still public opinions split concerning their benefits. Some think these disruptive innovations contribute to students’ idleness and don’t set them thinking critically to solve challenging tasks.
Whereas, others are convinced that education technologies are sheer values with infinite possibilities both for teachers and students. Still, there is the way of learning that can reconcile opposing sides – blended learning.
Blended learning is a mode of education that combines classical way of knowledge acquisition, when student attends school or college and online learning when some information is delivered via online media.
More and more educators opt for blended learning, since it is economic, flexible and effective, and there is more to come. Here are some main distinguished features of blended learning.
Powerful supplement to classroom learning
While physical classroom is taken as a basis, online learning added to it, serves a powerful supplement. Using traditional methods of conducting classes, teachers find technological facilities a useful means to reinforce presented material and nail down students’ knowledge.
Flexibility and combinability
Within the framework of a particular course, a teacher can plan activities that are better to be performed in the online space and those that demand teacher’s presence. Based on such distribution, it is possible to work out a schedule that will help students and teachers manage their time better.
Online lab program
Another variation of blended learning is an online lab, the program which suggests online learning in specially equipped classes located in schools or colleges. Although online lab covers much of the course, students are still to attend traditional classes.
High school students are free to choose what courses they want to take online to accompany traditional program. This is where blended learning contributes to better time allocation and academic performance.
Smart combination of classical learning and technological innovations
In the end, blended learning is a great opportunity to incorporate traditional methods of knowledge delivery with technological devices in a balanced manner.
While some teachers are vainly struggling with total “invasion” of technologies in the sphere of education, others have learnt to combine them with traditional learning successfully.