Is blended learning really advantageous in K12 teaching?
Blended learning has become more popular because it allows learners to understand the content and then ask questions. There are many benefits of this learning technique, due to which it is getting preferred all over the world. These are the benefits of blended learning:
- Ease of learning: The learner has a lot of freedom in this teaching methodology because he can decide on his training method. He is free to learn from any option, be it VILT or in-person method. Since learners can choose the method depending on its feasibility, they have higher motivation to complete the course. They are not bound to attend regular classes if they don’t want to.
- Easier recall: The learners can also forget the learning material soon after finishing the course.
But the blended learning method makes sure that the learners reminisce the matter easily because different training methods, such as webinars and classroom modes, are used.
Hence, the learners have heightened attention spans during all times. The same learning method used repeatedly can cause monotony for learners.
- More suited for working students: The trainer is needed in a traditional classroom or the VILT method. But in blended learning, this restriction is overcome because the learners can select the most convenient time according to their country and schedule their online classes. Blended learning is preferable for working professionals, who can opt for virtual sessions when they are busy working during the day and attending college on weekends. Blended learning is an optimal solution in cases where the entire course does not consist only of theory but some practical aspects. Hence, the students need to attend college.
The most significant benefit of blended learning is that since the learners have to attend the synchronous classes once in a while, either through VILT or in person, they get feedback. This feedback can be in the form of polls during Zoom calls or breakout rooms where they discuss complicated topics with other learners. Such programs are more effective than the asynchronous and synchronous sessions because the learners don’t get an instantaneous response in the former. And in the latter, they are restricted to attending classes with fellow learners.
Blended learning holds the same advantage as elearning because the learners can use computers to find about any confusing topic. Their concentration is much better than when they are studying through books or attending classroom sessions. Elearning content is designed in a much more entertaining way than books consisting of games and animations. They even have pop boxes to present exciting facts to users, lacking in printed material.
Since students are given more autonomy in blended learning, they grasp information better and develop critical skills such as digital literacy. The teacher aids students by providing them with enhanced resources to expedite their learning process. Blended learning has different kinds of versions:
- Flipped classroom: In the flipped classroom method, the students study the course material at home and solve their doubts in the brick and mortar class with the help of other students and teachers. So, this involves flipping what students are doing at home and in class.
- Enriched virtual: In the Enriched Virtual method, the students don’t meet with teachers regularly but on a need basis. They complete the course online. Hence, in this model, the teacher’s meetings are less frequent compared to the flipped classroom model.
- Flex Learning: In this learning model, the students study online asynchronously, and if they need any instruction from the teacher, they have to attend the educational institution. They can get individual tutoring from teachers by visiting the campus if needed. The students can switch from the online to offline learning modules when they desire.
What is rotation learning?
The rotation learning model includes both in-person and online learning. Teachers decide the schedule on how much time will be spent on each of the processes. The students can study in classes, but online tutoring is individual. These are the three sub-models of this learning methodology:
Individual rotation model: This model is used when the students want educational pathways and the teachers decide. So, the students study in a lab at the campus as per their schedule. There are learning routes selected for different students in this method, so they don’t cover every module (station). They have a playlist assigned to them that contains the modules to be covered by them.
Station rotation: In this model, the students study all modules in a fixed schedule decided by the teacher or his consent, including methods such as one-to-one class and group projects. But here, students have to study at least one module in the campus lab. Unlike the individual rotation model, the students have to cover all the modules.
Lab rotation-In this model, the students don’t study through offline mode, but only in the lab of their school’s campus to cover all the modules.
This is how blended learning can benefit your organization.