Online vs Blended Learning

What is blended learning?

Blended learning is a student-centered approach to creating a learning experience whereby the learner interacts with other students, with the instructor, and with content through thoughtful integration of online and face-to-face environments.

What is the other option?

Other learning options would include online courses or distance courses. This approach has gained a lot of popularity in recent years with the advent of MOOC’s and other digital classrooms.

Online vs Blended Learning

Reports have shown that although online courses have gained massive popularity over the past decade, they are not actually having a massive impact on students yet. Although enrollment figures are massive over 90% of learners don’t complete the courses that they started. That’s because it is becoming increasingly difficult to pay attention to online content. Internet users have become trained to access the internet by interfacing with their devices in short bursts as opposed to in long sessions.

The blended method, on the other hand, works for the following reasons:

  1. Learners engage with a variety of content types. Audio, video, teachers, peers and online content keep learners engaged.
  2. Learners have different learning styles. Learning in a classroom environment enables instructors to adapt their style to the learners that are in the class. Learners can then go home and still access course material and do quizzes at their own leisure.
  3. Instructors can adapt their teaching to learner trends as indicated by the feedback generated by the learning system.
  4. Learners can engage with a human when they are stuck with a certain concept as opposed to navigating through online content.

For these reasons, CodeSpace prefers the blended learning approach to education. Students benefit from the accessibility of modern technology, as well as the support, experience and adaptability of a teacher in realtime.

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