What is blended learning?
Blended learning is associated with eLearning and is the action of mixing online training with tutor-led training.
Wikipedia's definition is:
Blended learning is an approach to education that combines online educational materials and opportunities for interaction online with traditional place-based classroom methods. It requires the physical presence of both teacher and student, with some elements of student control over time, place, path, or pace.
In this instance, the "traditional place-based classroom methods" is replaced by an online class making it more accessible and more convenient.
What are the benefits of blended learning?
The benefits of blended learning are:
The learning is personalised and the students gets answers to any difficulty he had while completing the e-learning training, he therefore benefits from the knowledge and the advantages of a having a private tutor, while spending less compared to private tutoring alone. It combines the advantages of in-person training with technology-based e-learning methods. Online classes allow the learners to interact with the teacher, the sessions are planned at regular intervals and are synchronised with the learner's progress in his remote learning. Motivation and progress monitoring are encouraged.
The learning is differentiated as the learner learns at his own pace, with a variety of learning supports and at the time, where he is the most ready and inclined to learn. This method is highly flexible and adapts to the learner's lifestyle and other commitments.
This broadens the learner's experience by supporting anytime, anywhere training. Learning can occur on the train on the way to work, n a waiting room waiting for an appointment, during a lunch break, at home or anywhere, the only requirement being having an internet connection.
Blended learning, when combined with learning and practicing the knowledge first, by completing the lesson using the e-learning platform before the online class brings the benefits of "flipped learning", which is said to improve learning pace substantially.