Over the last year, the way teachers, students, and institutions interact has been fundamentally altered. This shift has led many to rethink how institutions could deliver education while adhering to restrictions.
One such structure that gained prominence is blended learning.
Blended learning is the optimized amalgamation of on-campus and online learning. With blended learning, students get the flexibility afforded to them by online and digital learning while facilitating on-campus interactivity.
Blended learning relies on a tight web of interacting elements from course design to IT infrastructure. The right toolset can be invaluable when designing and building a great blended learning experience.
Course Design Tools – Blended learning requires a course design to consider multiple delivery channels, taking advantage of both on-campus and online assets. To develop, balance, and integrate learning over these numerous channels, instructors need a tool that can seamlessly build comprehensive course packages from various content types and formats.
Multi-Format Content Support – Delivery over multiple channels necessitates the utilization of numerous different formats. Instructors need a robust content management solution that can cater to any content type they might want to use – be it text, audio, visual, recorded, or live.
Asymmetrical learning support – Blended learning adapts to the learner’s lifestyle, fitting into their busy schedule, allowing them to learn at an individual pace. Course design tools need to account for the asynchronicity of the learning experience and design for different learning paths depending on the individual student.
Online Delivery Platform – Blended learning is the optimal combination of on-campus and online education. The flexibility to switch between the two modes, as required, is crucial. This multimodal switching is only possible with a capable IT backbone and learning delivery platform.
Smart Content – Integrating specific tech-enhanced learning elements like smart content takes blended learning even further. Each piece of content provides feedback to the instructor about how the learner interacts with it. Instructors can use this feedback to optimize and evolve the content to suit learners’ needs better.
Blended learning is a model that is very effective in these changing times. However, it is not always easy to set up, having multiple elements and moving pieces to consider. Having a tech partner like LearningMate, who is well versed in the technologies required and experienced in the course and content design, is very helpful when first setting up blended learning experiences.