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Blended learning: What is it all about?

By HT School Web Desk,

Blended learning is a mix of traditional classroom-based training and learning via electronic and online media.

Experts and educationists are of the opinion that blended learning will be the way forward.

Our education system has evolved significantly over the last few decades with the integration of technology. The penetration of information technology in the sphere of academia has scaled up during the COVID-19 pandemic with schools shutting down and students being forced to rely on virtual classes only. However, replacing classroom learning altogether isn’t an option for sure. Experts and educationists are of the opinion that blended learning will be the way forward.   

Blended learning, also known as hybrid learning, is a mix of traditional classroom-based training and learning via electronic and online media. It requires the physical presence of both the teacher and the student. In hybrid learning, these two methods complement each other. Learning via electronic media can take various forms. One of them is instructor-led remote learning conducted through live webinars and virtual classes. The other involves downloading pre-loaded course materials (lecture videos, study materials) allowing students to learn at their own pace. In the blended learning format, students require Learning Management Systems, laptops, tablets, smartphones, and internet connectivity.  

Popular forms of Blended Learning 
Hybrid learning has evolved over the years taking various forms. Here, we guide you through some widely-known models of this new-age learning mode. See what works best for your child. 

Flipped Classroom: It is perhaps the most popular mode of blended learning. In Flipped Classroom students access learning materials at home and work on them at school, supported by teachers and peers.  

Flex Model: In this form of blended learning, students learn in a traditional school setting from digitally delivered content. They complete their assignments with the help of a computer at their own pace. However, for deep understanding of a topic, teachers provide one-to-one or small group instructions.  

The Rotation Model: In this form of hybrid learning students have to follow a set schedule. It includes face-to-face interaction with teachers and online work as well.  

The Online Driver ModelThis model is a contrast to the traditional in-person environment of instructions. Here, learners work from their homes or any other remote location and receive instructions online. They can use online messaging to clarify doubts.  

Self-Blend Model: This form of blended learning allows the scope for coursework beyond what is offered in the school. Students sign up for courses to supplement their learnings from traditional classes.  

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