For some, getting a clear definition of blended learning still can be a challenge. To help, here are some consistent themes that can help make the move to delivering online content instruction easier.
While there’s some debate over the correct ratio, blended learning is a combination of online instruction and face-to-face instruction. In order to be considered a blended learning environment, there has to be a balance of both modalities. Learning Management Systems (LMS) play an integral role in assuring that this integration isn’t disjointed.
The role of the teacher
The pedagogical approach to blended learning must be different than the traditional face-to-face experience. There are varying views on what the teacher role looks like in a blended learning environment, but the fact remains that teachers must approach their role differently. Because blended learning defies the very idea of a “one-size-fits-all” learning experience, teachers have to adapt to accommodate the various learning experiences of their students.
In addition to the shift in the teacher’s role, students should also recognize the change. With blended learning, the knowledge gathering process is more personalized. Students can become intimately involved with their own learning experience outside of the classroom and at their own pace Then, the time spent face-to-face can be transformed and more engaging and interactive.