As technology keeps advancing, so does the educational industry. For they exist not as a separate entity, but two things that co-exist and support each other. And based on that idea, the concept of blended learning was coined.
But really, what is blended learning? And how can it be significantly implemented for your school or classroom activities?
In today's post, we will take a look at everything you need to know about blended learning and its models, as well as the benefits that you can get. Let's start!
What is blended learning?
Oxford Learner's Dictionaries defines blended learning as "a way of studying a subject that combines being taught in class with the use of different technologies, including learning over the internet".
That being said, blended learning is simply like a fusion between online and on-site learning, with technology as the core of the whole process. Despite still having face-to-face learning in traditional classes, most of the lessons delivery rely heavily on technology.
This method also proves that learning is not merely limited inside a building, or by having a face-to-face session with the teacher. Instead, it can also be applicable for the students anywhere and anytime – using online courses or lectures.
Sooo... what's the benefit?
Simply put, it gives you the flexibility and effectiveness needed for your students' learning flow. As most of its materials are free to access online, your students can learn anywhere and anytime in their own paces.
If it's done properly, it can even also boost up your students' engagement in learning.
According to a study conducted by the Center for Digital Education, 73% of K-12 schools agreed that blended learning increases their students' engagement. As the students were getting more involved in their learning, it helps them to engage better in the learning process.
With this new alternative, teachers are also encouraged to adapt and deliver their lessons using technology. Yet, taken from the same study, it's proved that teachers can also gain benefits.
By receiving adaptive assessments and learning data, teachers can pay attention better to their students. Recognizing their students' paces will help teachers to specify which students can advance into the next materials and which students may need further assistance.
Blended learning models
There are several models of blended learning that you can implement for your classrooms – each with its own benefits.
1. Face-to-face driver model
This model is basically a typical, traditional classroom – with students and teachers meeting face-to-face. Only this time, technology is used as the tools to deliver the lesson.
Speaking about the benefit, it's a model that accommodates all types of students. This model exists to help all students learning according to their own mastery level and paces.
Say some students in your class are already more advanced in one particular topic than the other ones. You can give them the materials above their level to give them more challenges and having a more rapid pace.
While for the other students, they can keep on practicing using the video lectures that you shared with them – either in the classroom or after-school-hour. By learning repetitively, they can improve their memory about that topic.
2. Rotation model
This model is a variation of learning stations. In one classroom, you'll have several groupings – each with a different focus – and your students will rotate between the groups. And of course, it still adapts technology for the whole learning process.
As for the rotation model, it has four sub-models:
1. Station rotation
Students rotate and learn in stations. At least one of the stations contains an online lecture or video material for the students.
2. Lab rotation model
For the most part, this model is very similar to the station rotation. However, it takes a computer laboratory as the space of their learning process.
3. Flipped classroom
Now, you might be confused about the reason for its name. 'Flipped classroom'. Why is it called like that?
Technically, this model 'flips' the conventional concept of homework and class session.
At home, your students can learn in advance about the coursework or lectures.
So, instead of taking the slot of the face-to-face session by giving a whole lecture, you can give your students some practices or projects to do related to the topic they've learnt at home.
4. Individual rotation models
For this model, you as the teacher can set the rotation schedule for each student. Your students will take turns to rotate on each station according to the time slot you've set. However, they will only rotate into the scheduled stations on their list.
3. Flex model
For the flex model, your lesson will mostly be delivered through online lectures. So, students will be the 'captain' of the overall learning process. They will learn to take control of their own learning.
But, what about the teachers?
In this case, the teachers only act as facilitators. However, teachers must also be available for face-to-face consultations when needed.
You might want to consider using this model if most of the students in your school are struggling to pass the minimum grade required. It's also applicable for students who apply for the work-study program.
4. Online lab school model
Although this model is executed within a traditional classroom, all the courses are presented online.
The school that implements this model doesn't hire any certified teachers. Instead, they're being replaced with trained paraprofessionals to supervise the students.
This model, again, perfectly matches all students' capacities. For students who are above the ordinary levels, they can have faster progress by branching into other objects without having to stick into one lesson only.
While for the students with a slower pace – since it's all an online-based delivery – they can repeat the lessons and practice over and over again.
5. Self-blend model
The self-blend model acts as a complementary for your students' choice of courses.
In this model, students are still expected to learn in traditional classes. Even so, they can enroll in additional courses not offered by the school to complement their regular courses.
Usually, students with high motivation in learning will surely fit this model, as they can learn more things not taught in school.
This model is also perfect for students who want to acquire additional learning of a specific field, as well as to have advanced placement courses needed for early college credit.
6. Online driver model
The online driver model is basically the definition of 'learn anywhere, anytime'.
This model gives freedom for students to learn remotely from any location by receiving instructions and lectures on online platforms.
Despite not being able to meet course teachers in person, students can still have the opportunities to engage with them in online messaging.
It works exceptionally well for students with chronic illnesses or handicaps, and students who already work full-time or with other responsibilities that need flexible hours.
How to deliver your lessons?
In the end, when your school decided to shift into blended learning, you might come to this conclusion.
"How can I deliver the lessons interactively?"
While there are so, so many technology alternatives available out there, why don't we suggest one?
With Assemblr EDU, delivering online or offline lessons will certainly become a big help. Visualized in augmented reality, your complex and hard-to-digest lessons will be displayed with interactive 3D objects – making them comes alive in front of you.
Alternatively, you can also assign your students to create their own projects. It will surely boost their creativity and engagement. Try now! 😉
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