Combined Learning or Blended Learning, What Is It?

By The Sweet Home / July 29, 2017
Blended Learning

Most of the training labeled “blended” really is not. People tend to think, “I have a blended learning program” because part of what they do is read, another part is done in the classroom and another part includes a video or web-based training program; This is not a combination, but a hodgepodge of different training offers under the same theme umbrella. A Bleanded-learning combination is not achieved simply by using many delivery methods for their content. Rather, a combination consists of using the best delivery methodologies available to achieve a specific goal, including online classroom-based training, performance support, print-writing, and formal or informal solutions In the workplace. The key to this definition is in the phrase “to achieve a specific goal.” In designing a blended learning solution, we generally focus on the technologies we have at our disposal and try to apply them to our content; However, we must instead analyze our content in a very systematic way to determine the best delivery methodology possible for that content. Unfortunately, “if we have it, let’s use it” mentality can produce weak initiatives, resulting in overly complicated designs that do not meet learning objectives.

Online school and blended learning programs can give your child more options for education. Finding the right school can make learning a whole new experience for him.

What is Blended Learning?

B-learnig means blended learning. This is a semi-face-to-face training. These courses are composed of classroom and online activities.

With this type of training, we try to create a new form of communication and knowledge sharing (teacher / student).

  • The advantages that can be attributed to this type of training would be, among others:
  • Those that are attributed to e-learning (cost reduction, elimination of displacements, temporary flexibility).
  • Those of face-to-face training: interaction, motivation and the possibility of performing activities that are more complex that are not possible in distance learning.

In short, b-learning aims to form using virtual and physical resources. In today’s ever-changing society, and already established online training, a new form of training is emerging at a higher level.

Today the influence of ICTs in educational processes is clear, has left aside the concept that the Internet serves only to seek information. At present, it is used as a didactic resource in the service of learning.

The b-learning educational modality is being used quite successfully in educational institutions, especially in higher education.

How do you make a b-learning activity work? Here are some things to keep in mind:

Take advantage of resources. Give it a pedagogical approach, creating a synergy in the learning processes and clearly delimiting the online and face-to-face activities.

Creativity. One of the main mistakes that are made is to believe that we have to transfer content from the virtual to the classroom and vice versa.

PACIE: Presence, Training, Interaction and E-learning.

Specific regulations: Although it will be up to the institution to determine the value of the qualification of the educational processes, it will be advisable to apply a load of 50% part presence and 50% virtual, although it is possible to vary these percentages.

Not duplication of contents but reinforcement between the two parties.

Educate: B-learning is a good method to combat apathy in the study. Teaching skills together with students for creating a constantly improving learning environment.
The best blended learning curricula focus on the participants; Are designed with the participant in mind and each individual component of the combination relates personally to it.

Consider the following points when developing a participant-centered training program. 

A set of Learner-Centered Principles for Training (Ellis, Wagner, Longmire, 1999) were created to help with the learning process. They are based on the work of Barbara McCombs (1992):

  • Learning does not occur in isolation. Participants discover and formulate the meaning of information and experience based on their unique impressions, ideas and feelings.
  • More information does not necessarily imply greater learning. Participants try to generate meaningful uses for knowledge, regardless of the quantity and quality of the information presented.
  • Participants link the new knowledge with the information they already have in a way that makes sense to them. The retention of new knowledge is facilitated when it can be related to the participant’s current knowledge.
  • Personality influences learning. Participants have different degrees of self-confidence and see with different levels of clarity their personal goals and expectations for success and failure.
  • Participants want to learn. People are naturally curious and love to learn, but personal insecurity and the fear of failure often get in the way.
  • Participants like challenges and are more creative when learning is challenging and meets their individual needs.
  • Participants are individuals. Not all of them are in the same stage of physical, intellectual, emotional and social development. Participants also differ in their cultural background.
  • The learning environment is important. People learn best in a friendly, socially interactive and diverse environment.
  • Participants like to receive positive reinforcements. Learning environments that support self-esteem and respect for each participant tend to be more successful.
  • Experience matters. Personal beliefs and impressions derived from past learning shape the worldview of people and their approach to learning.

A successful combined approach does not have to be technologically complicated or costly. Instead, an effective combination must meet the needs of the participant and the organization, in addition to achieving the learning objectives. Start with a simple design and make a good impression – it will make it much easier for the organization to accept the next combined solution.

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