Using blended learning has both advantages but also challenges. These challenges are for both the instructors and students, and have to do with the need to develop an understanding of what a blended course is.
- Most of the educational systems across the world are still using a traditional way of teaching classes. But more precisely, students have been trained for many years now to be successful in this type of environment.With the blended learning model, teachers are asking their students to learn through a new approach. Therefore, setting expectations and developing understanding of this new mode of learning can take time and effort.
- The second challenge has to do with the skill gaps students may face regarding blended courses. Indeed, students may have little experience using online learning tools, participating in discussions and working in teamwork. Students may require extra support in order to keep them up-to-date with the first few weeks of course material.
- Then, there’s also a challenge lying in the fact that instructors, institutions, and students may also be resistant to change. It is thus important to use blended learning models gradually in order for both students and instructors to adapt and understand this new approach to learning and teaching.
There are other logistical challenges in developing blended learning courses, but we will go through this topic more in details in the next blog.