Blended Learning Blog #2 : Benefits
There are many benefits to developing your courses in a blended learning format. Here are 5 of them.
- The first benefit of blended learning is that the learning is more centered. As the teacher puts the material of the classes online, this gives a chance to the student to review the course at its own pace and re-watch it until the content makes sense to him. Moreover, in blended courses, students develop metacognitive skills via learning how to use additional online tools when they desire and then develop more customized learning strategies.
- The second benefit of blended learning is that it creates more flexibility for both instructors and students. Blended learning enables students to learn more and with less time in class. It gives the students a chance to achieve more in various location and times, which might fit their schedules better. Furthermore, as teachers can deliver their content online, this means that they can use class time in a different way, rather than using it for lecture delivery.
- The third benefit is that instructors and learners get the chance to obtain an immediate feedback on the learning and understanding process. Instructor get the chance to use a variety of ways to gather information such as forum, discussion centers,… In addition, students also have tools to assess their own progress or ask assistance.
- A fourth benefit is the improved access to learning materials. Blended learning can provide virtual instructions when there is a limitation in campus space and or instructor time, or even when students are located remotely. This can increase the number of students who can enroll in a course. Blended courses also give access to non-traditional students as well as students with learning or physical disabilities because they use different types of course material, and they also provide multiple entry points for students to take part in the course.
- The fifth and final benefit of blended learning models is that they are aligned with the increasing importance of technology.Today it is important that schools prepare students to use online resources more effectively. Blended learning is a great way to do so. Other findings have shown that online learning modules improve students’ information communication technology or ICT literacy and if both students and faculty become more used to technology, there are greater expectations that technology will be used for teaching and learning purposes.
All of these benefits work together to benefit both students and teachers and engage a stronger learning experience!
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