What are the benefits of blended learning?
Technology has transformed how we teach and learn.
Kids today know how to use a tablet before they can talk. They consume content at breakneck speed. And they can navigate the internet like the backs of their hands. They’ve grown up in a digital world where technology is a natural part of day-to-day life – including in the classroom.
Blended learning combines traditional teaching methods with online learning, so students get the best of both worlds. They receive the personal, face-to-face instruction they need, but also have the flexibility to learn in a way, time and pace that suits them.
Most teaching or training today involves blended learning – from primary school lessons to professional qualifications. But why is blended learning so popular? What are the benefits to organisations, teachers and students?
The benefits of blended learning for students are endless. Technology makes learning more interactive for students, so they’re more engaged in their work and stay focused for longer. They can work in the way they learn best, helping them explore ideas and retain information.
Blended learning also takes the pressure off students. Instead of having to keep up with peers, they can learn at a pace that suits them – whether they’re storming ahead or need a little extra time to retain information.
Blended learning allows students to take control of their own learning. Students are more motivated to achieve when they feel ownership over their work – which is a vital skill to learn and an important part of many vocational qualifications.
Blended learning gives tutors the ultimate flexibility. They can interact with students online and face-to-face – wherever is most suitable for each individual student. They can track progression online – so they have the information they need to provide meaningful support. They can also offer a variety of learning resources tasks to suit different learning styles, paces and abilities.
Blended learning makes tutors’ roles more varied, flexible and rewarding.
Blended learning is an efficient way to deliver training. Rather than teach everyone in the same way, tutors can tailor online learning plans to individual students – so they can deliver higher quality teaching without investing in more staff.
Instead of printing worksheets or buying books, they can host all their learning resources online – saving money in printing, subscription and storage costs.
Blended learning is good for organisational stats too. Learners are more engaged in their studies, so organisations have higher attendance, completion and achievement rates.
OneFile’s learning software is an award-winning blended learning tool for all types of learning. Students and tutors can log in to access learning resources, complete assignments, communicate online and track progress. It’s cost-effective and convenient – that's why it's already used by 700,000 people around the globe.
To find out how OneFile can support blended learning in your organisation, download our free guide.
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