What is “blended learning” and how can it help ME?
It is a “blend” of classroom site-based, face-to-face learning time, and online self-paced learning where students can in some way control the time, the pace and the place learning takes place.
For an educator, time is valuable. While you need professional learning, sitting in a classroom seat for the required instructional time of a graduate-level course may not always be the most efficient way for you to learn.
Online learning allows students to work from home and on their own time, but this approach can take a lot of self-control and focus. It may also be difficult to keep up with deadlines and assignments if navigating technology is not one of your strengths. Having a blend of both delivery modes can be a highly effective way to learn, and often allows students to easily comprehend the knowledge they want to gain. This method supports educators as they balance their time between their continuing education, life, and daily workloads.
The beauty of blended learning is that it allows students to choose the place and time and sometimes pace of when they do the research or self-study portion of a course. Then students meet with fellow students and the facilitator at a physical site and complete projects, have discussions, or get questions answered through dialogue in a face-to-face environment.
How It Works at The Connecting Link
After students register for a course, they receive the syllabus and curriculum either online or at the first class held at the site-based classroom. Students are responsible for getting online, accessing the online classroom, and doing the assigned research, reading, watching online video presentations, and/or self-study on their own time outside of the classroom. When students return to the site-based classroom at the scheduled time, it is a time to get questions answered, collaborate on the course content, work on group projects, and gain insight from other students. In some aspects, this may mirror concepts of a “” for teachers.
Blended learning courses allow you to experience learning through both online course activities, as well as with the Instructor and fellow educators in some face-to-face, classroom learning work. Register for blended learning as a “Site-Based” course so you are aware of the location and meeting times of the Site-based portions.
The Connecting Link offers a blending learning environment, in addition to their site-based, self-paced and structured online course environments to accommodate for the educator’s busy schedule.
Written by Jennifer Marrow