Blended learning has become a major trend in training and education in recent years. You may be wondering what all the fuss is about. What is this new training method and why has it had such a huge impact? This article will get you up to speed on blended learning and explain its key benefits for learners and organizations alike.
What is blended learning?
In the old days, all training took place in real-life, face-to-face settings. This is the teaching/learning format most of us grew up with in school. For many of us, it is still the usual way to learn new job-related skills, as part of a formal workplace training program.
Blended learning expands conventional training to include software and web-based technologies (like websites and online portals). This enhances the classroom training experience.
Under a blended learning program, trainees or students learn in the classroom (in-person training) as well as online (e-learning). This combination of virtual learning with conventional learning opens many possibilities that enhance the learning experience.
What are the benefits of blended learning?
Blended learning gives learners and educators the “best of both worlds”: all the benefits of in-person training, plus the convenience and efficiency of an e-learning solution. Here’s a closer look at some of the top benefits:
Easier access to learning content:When learning content is provided online, it’s much easier for learners to access it outside the classroom, no matter where they are. This improves engagement with the learning content, which leads to better learning outcomes.
Because online learning content is easier to access, students can engage in more in-depth self-study. The time they spend in the classroom is then richer, because it gives them a chance to discuss ideas at length with peers and teachers.
A social, online learning experience:Modern learners thrive in online communities (just think of how popular social media networks are). Blended learning gives modern learners the interactive online experience they desire.
The future of learning
Blended learning is an excellent way to modernize learning. It takes advantage of powerful new technologies to provide the interactive, always-accessible learning experience that today’s learners desire.
Since it also maintains the traditional classroom setting, it’s a great choice that caters to the full spectrum of learning needs: from those who prefer in-person training to those who thrive in virtual communities.