Blended learning is the future. You don’t agree? Well, hear me out. As you know, traditional learning methods; that is, the brick-and-mortar learning system where students are made to learn in schools, have their advantages. These advantages are detailed in the article ‘Homeschooling: Why and Why not?’ Read all about it here: https://mswitchglobal.com/2021/08/homeschooling-why-and-why-not/. It’s also clear that there are so many positives that come with technology-aided education; if you need any reminder, check this out: link.
Now, blended learning is an approach to education that combines the best of traditional learning methods with online-based technologies, in order to offer students a learning experience that is unprecedented in its richness. I will paint you a picture. I struggled with understanding some concepts in chemistry while I was in high school. This was mostly because these concepts had a certain level of arbitrariness that made it almost impossible for me to conceive what they meant in my mind. I remember my chemistry teacher talking about atoms and how small they are, and me always asking myself, ‘Are they really that small? As small as an ant?’ Not until I checked online materials some years later, did I understand that atoms were tiny particles that made up matter, including ants.
I can pull up a myriad of stories that mirror this one, and I am certain that you can too; that is, if you learned the traditional way. The blended learning teaching approach agrees that there’s need for a teacher to be physically present in a classroom for learning to occur, but it asserts that this teacher must take advantage of technological advancements to complement students’ learning styles. To carry out blended learning, some parts of the learning experience happen online, so the students are able to learn in a personalised manner.
These parts of the learning experience help the learner to explore the full length of their imaginations. The other parts of the learning experience are chaired by the teacher. The teacher guides the learners through the content to be learned and gives them a framework that would help them understand what they are to learn on their own. In short terms, the blended teaching approach is the way forward because:
a. It allows students of all learning styles to be taught in the manner that best suits their needs. See the different learning styles here https://mswitchglobal.com/2021/08/vark-learning-styles/
b. It is more convenient for instructors, as it provides them with the tools needed to teach students of all learning capacities.
c. It makes students fall in love with learning, thereby improving their learning outcomes and potential for success. Blended learning is the future; it might be expensive, but it is worth it.
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