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In general, most of us are used to the more traditional way classroom course are given. However, some of us may also have experienced taking classes online or watching videos on Youtube. While both types of courses are completely opposite, “Blended Learning” is located in the middle of these two opposite ends of education.
There exists various blended learning experiences:
- The blended learning models that combines integrated classroom learning and online learning
- The blended learning models that have less integration between integrated classroom learning and online learning
The Sloan Consortium has defined hybrid courses as “those that integrate online with traditional face to face class activities in a planned, pedagogically valuable manner”.
So the question that remains is “How do we achieve blended learning”?
Well, a blended course combines online and face to face instructions and the flexibility obtained from this model gets rid off restrictions such as time and place via online learning. In addition, it provides the personal engagement and experience during the classes.
Blending online and face to face learning focuses on these following learning elements:
- Social and emotional responses
- Synthesis and evaluation
Who are the ones who benefit from this new model?
Instructors and students as the model enables educational programs to better meet the needs of students by giving them more flexibility and varied schedules, learning styles, and especially, giving them more time for reflexion. On the other hand, instructors can benefit from more engaged interaction with students and among students as well as higher quality interaction.