Blended Learning: The Right Mix for Imparting Education

‘Innovation’ is the key to success in any field. Technological advancements are very much on the forefront in the era of globalization. Every industry has felt the need to align itself to the technologies for better production and provision of products and services respectively. Pertaining to the field of education, technological innovations had helped a student and a teacher to learn and teach using the wide world of Internet. Not only this, it has become easier for professionals to enroll for a course, without leaving their job. Thanks to the available distance learning and online courses.

Though there has been an onset of virtual classroom, online courses, elearning etc. But the importance of traditional classroom and learning just can’t be ignored. Therefore, what is required is an apt ‘mix’ of traditional as well as modernized approach of imparting education. Blended learning is the answer for this! Blended learning as the name refers to is a blend of the learning approaches; wherein traditional classroom (face to face) learning is combined with Computer based training approach.

Why the Need?

Though traditional learning pedagogy cannot be completely substituted by the computer mediated learning, but the ‘right mix’ of both the approaches can do wonders both for the learner as well as the teacher. The aforesaid approach enhances the efficiency of the students; as they will find it extremely easy to memorize a given complex concept.

For teachers as well, lesser effort would be required to bring out the desired efficiency in a child or a learner. They do not have to repeatedly make a student understand a given concept, as the concepts would be readily made available to the students online. If the concept is still not clear then a detailed description could be carried out in the classroom.

Learners and teacher throughout the globe have welcomed the integration of traditional approach and the modernized approach. There has been quite some time since this approach has been adopted in the developed countries of the world. Developing countries are also witnessing a tremendous increase in the number of institutions implementing such an approach.

Not only educational institutes, but there is also an increase in the number of corporates who are paying heed and benefiting from such an approach. Blended learning would definitely result in enhanced learning and competent individuals who are benefited with its incorporation.

Approach towards transitional learning trends

Before integrating computer based learning to traditional learning it is absolutely essential to analyze the people who would be using the technology. It is also essential to evaluate the resources that are required to carry out such integration. This is because, blended learning requires lot of information to be uploaded online. The institute must therefore have the requisite resources for the timely update of the necessary curriculum related information.

How Blended learning benefits ‘one and all’?

  • Time and energy saving: The time required by a learner to comprehend a concept through blended learning is less. Thus one can save in on time and energy.
  • Thorough understanding of intricacies.
  • Higher interest levels of those involved in blended learning.
  • Global integration: A person can imbibe learning sitting anywhere in the world.
  • The returns on investment for any insitute or a company are high as blended learning enhances the efficiency and competence of the individuals.
  • Chances of disinterest are low when traditional classroom approach is integrated with computer-based trainings.
  • Enhanced learning of the learner as well as the teacher/professor.
  • Synergy ‘TWO PLUS TWO IS FIVE’: the combined effect of class room learning and computer mediated learning is quite high as compared to the learning brought about by only one (classroom or computer mediated) of them.
  • This type of learning has proved to be a boon for those professionals who want to have a degree while still on job. So learning and earning goes hand in hand.

Counterarguments Towards Bended Learning

Though there are advantages of blended learning but there are also certain counterarguments, which arise every now and then.

  • It is known that for blended learning, computer mediated training is required. There may be instances wherein the teacher or the student may be reluctant to adopt the new learning approach. It is human tendency to raise voice against change.
  • Unfamiliarity to Computer mediated learning may result in decreased interest level and the individual efficiency may decline.
  • For developing and underdeveloped countries it is still a ‘Herculean task’ to instill resources to bring about this type of learning. This is because; huge funds are required.

Despite all the counterarguments it is important to say that the appropriate mix of both the types of learning may bring about positive results and would lead to a better and a competent learner. Blended learning is thus the ‘next big thing’ indispensable for the individual as well as for national development.

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