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Formal education programs are transforming from pen, paper and memorizing facts to hybrid learning through technology. These assisted teaching methods and blended forms of learning allows flexibility to teacher and student community customizing the learning experiences of the latter. Exceptionally effective, the education sector has greatly benefited with innovative teaching methodologies using dynamic digital tools alongside more traditional classroom practices to create blended learning models. The study material is blended into the core academic program and is fully comparable to traditional courses, only the delivery medium is different.
Out of several key blended learning practices, outside-in blended educational model has added new dimensions to learning. In this model, academic learning begins outside the class in a non-academic environment using digital devices. Instead of traditional classroom sessions, the class begins online daily and by the time students reach the classroom, they are well-prepared to share, collaborate, create and review feedback. Such a hybrid form of teaching cohesively blends the essence of traditional learning and remote learning opportunities for effective outcomes. Teachers manage their in-class time more effectively by engaging in discussions and review that enable students to work on their own pace and utilise resource content available.
Although blended learning represents opportunities to personalize learning and reclaim instructional time in a hybrid schedule, the present challenges of a different kind. There are mixed views on the efficacy of a learning system that does not believe in assessments or an instructional approach for teachers to follow. It questions the premise of entrusting students with the responsibility of taking over their own journey of education. Adequate technology support and guidance to teachers builds up challenges in effective implementation. Its potential is questionable in remote locations and impoverished areas. As innovative technology transform, new markets open up, educational forms will transition into fascinating yet evolved learning forms with the highest blend of classroom lessons and digital classes. Access to world-class study material will not be a distant reality as universities aggressively embrace modern forms of learning. That is where the future of blended learning lies. DOI: 10.33545/27068919.2020.v2.i3i.325Pages: 625-628 | Views: 481 | Downloads: 172Download Full Article: Click Here
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Alka Kapur. Blended learning - how global education system is merging best learning practices?
. Int J Adv Acad Stud 2020;2(3):625-628. DOI: 10.33545/27068919.2020.v2.i3i.325