Blended learning is a teaching methodology that combines a variety of different instructional techniques, from classroom discussions and pop quizzes to hands-on activities, software presentations, and traditional paper materials. The benefits of blended learning make it well-suited to online courses, especially when combined with a learning management system, or LMS. Some of the advantages of blended learning include:
Heightened Student Engagement
Blended learning is the opposite of the stereotypical lecture, where the instructor speaks and students take notes—presuming they maintain any interest at all. One of the great benefits of blended learning is versatility. Switching from video conferencing to hands-on activities, eLearning text, and proficiency tests helps maintain student interest, keeping learners focused and engaged with the subject matter.
Blended Learning Accommodates Different Learning Styles
Different people learn in different ways. Some are quite capable of absorbing information through textbooks, while others prefer a more tactile approach to learning. Some prefer the give-and-take of classroom discussion, while others are more comfortable with self-guided study.
One of the great advantages of blended learning is the ability to accommodate multiple learning styles, ensuring instruction is delivered in enough ways to match the needs of the maximum number of students.
The use of multiple learning methods, when coupled with a learning management system, provides blended learning instructors with opportunities to quickly tailor their course to meet the needs of students. Using the LMS to examine test scores, participation, and other factors, the instructor can identify which teaching methods resonate most with the class, and increase or decrease different methods accordingly.
Just as the LMS provides instructors with timely feedback on student performance, so too can instructors provide immediate feedback to students. This is important, as students rely on instructor feedback to know how well they are learning and progressing throughout the course.
From an employer’s viewpoint, two of the defining benefits of blended learning are the relatively low expense and the system’s return on investment. When training is presented online, employers save on travel costs, classroom rentals, and expensive physical textbooks. Multiple methods of learning increase student retention, allowing students to apply their learning to practical applications as soon as they return to work.
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