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The benefits of blended learning

28 May 2014

To round off this month’s discussion on the various methods of learning, this week we’re concentrating on the advantages and disadvantages of blended learning.

Blended courses can offer a more well rounded learning experience than any other type of course, offering the best of both classroom learning and virtual or online learning. Despite our reliance on technology, and the many learning tools available online, studies show that most people still learn more from face to face contact with a teacher or instructor than they do from reading from a screen. The multisensory nature of classroom learning engages students, as well as encouraging queries and discussions. For this reason, blended learning suits most - offering a solid basic knowledge from a qualified instructor whilst also encouraging independent learning and the use of online tools.

This also means that students are not restricted to the instructor’s lesson plan, and have the flexibility to build on what they have already learned in their own time. They are also able to return to class with any questions or concerns they may have encountered in their independent study, encouraging discussion and problem solving.

Blended learning is often said to cater to the needs of the modern learner. Many modern students, particularly younger students, enjoy using technology within their studies, however dislike online or virtual courses for their antisocial nature. Today, exchanging numbers and email addresses with classmates is common, as building relationships with others on a course can not only make the process of learning more enjoyable, but can also be useful if you find you are struggling. The classroom element of blended courses allows for this. The use of technology and online tools within a blended course classroom also caters to younger modern learners who benefit more from technology, but still prefer instructor-led classes.

Of course, while blended courses have all the benefits of online and classroom courses, they also have all the disadvantages. The online or virtual element means that they are reliant on technology and an internet connection, and a basic level of IT literacy is often required. A certain level of self motivation is also required due to the independent learning elements of blended courses. However due to the regular classroom sessions, where instructors will expect students to have done the required work, students are often more likely to keep up with their independent work as part of a blended course.

Learn more about blended courses, or tailor made options Total Training Solution have available or send us an enquiry. You can also visit our course directory to learn about all the qualifications we have available, or contact us on 0800 612 1299 for more information.

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