Blended learning: combining different educational concepts.
Blended learning: a mix of online and face to face learning. Or, in other words, combining the best educational concepts. Learning by using an electronic learning environment, using online learning materials combined with personal interaction between teacher and student, and also between students.
So, blended learning is a mix of different forms of learning. But what forms of learning? A few examples:
- Face to face learning through classroom sessions, meetings, workshops and skills training;
- Online communication: sharing via email, forums and chat sessions;
- Interactive e-learning: videos, 3D animations, presentations, PDFs, and other files, sound clips, digital assessments, virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) environments, serious games;
- Knowledge sharing: acquiring knowledge through online MOOCs, webinars, wikis, blogs and vlogs, online dictionaries etc.
Students work independently
In a blended learning course the teacher is ‘leading’, but he does not need to join all learning experiences and always be present at the same time and in the same place as the students. Because the students can work independently with all the available tools. The teacher also uses these tools and provides content , for example by uploading a presentation, hosting or suggesting a webinar, fill a wiki, participate in forums, etc.).
Important LMS functions
A good learning management system (LMS) or e-learning platform supports blended learning. There are several LMS’s, all offering roughly the same primary functions: they all offer the opportunity to add content, having the students processing digital content, manage courses and monitor student’s progress. The difference lies in the way these functions work and in some extra’s.
To name a few extras:
- Does the platform have an authoring tool to create content in?
- Can VR/AR content be offered ?
- Does the platform have comprehensive management and monitoring functions?
- Can the platform directly serve as a website?
- Can the platform be personalized with the look and feel of the company?
- Can the teacher schedule classroom training and meetings in the platform?
- Can the system link buttons to content?
- Can students be invited to classroom sessions, can their presence be registered?
- Can the system contain the required resources for the class sessions and the spaces reserved for that?
- Does the platform support communication (email, chat, forums, webinars, …)?
If the answer to all these questions is yes then the LMS supports blended learning.
Future Learning and blended learning
Future Learning strongly believe in blended learning. For example in a combination between learning in group meetings, interactive e-learning and online communication and knowledge sharing. Do you agree that blended learning is the best way of learning? We can help you find the learning management system that is best suited for blended learning in your situation.