Advantages Of Blended Learning

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In the more recent years we have seen an upward trend with the use of technology, and even more so in education. The influence of technology has aided many people generally, and is helping to further push the envelope with new teaching methods such as blended learning, and the flipped classroom approach. Blended learning can be described as “any time a student learns at least in part at a supervised brick-and-mortar location away from home and at least in part through the Internet with some element of student control over time, place, and/or pace” (pg. 1, Using Blended Learning). The flipped classroom can be defined as “an educational technique that consists of two parts: interactive group learning activities inside the classroom, and direct …show more content…
Like many things the integration of technology in education has both positives and negatives, however the pros far outweigh the cons. Tampa Bay Times reports “with studies showing that flipped and blended classrooms generate increased learning gains over the traditional lecture model. A U.S. Department of Education analysis "clearly found blended learning was the more effective way for students to learn," said Cynthia Brame. Blended learning is not just improving ways for students to learn but it is also gaining popularity and growing in the education field “we are beginning to see the combined effects of these two movements on higher education. In this technological arena, research has made significant advances. Studies show that video lectures (slightly) outperform in person lectures, with interactive videos doing even better. Online homework is just as effective as paper-and-pencil homework, and carefully developed intelligent tutoring systems have been shown to be just as effective as human tutors” (pg. 3 The Flipped Classroom). Another considerable …show more content…
Blended learning can offer a higher level of interaction than commonly experienced in face-to-face courses” (pg. 4 Using Blended Learning). Rather than a 100% brick-and-mortar instruction or a 100% online instruction blended learning utilizes multiple ways of learning to benefit students and maximize learning, as well as, application. Studies have shown that a full online class may not always be beneficial in the long run “A recent New York Times article reported a five-year study which tracked 51,000 students enrolled in Washington State community and technical colleges. The study found that students who took higher proportions of fully online courses were less likely to earn degrees or transfer to four-year colleges” (Using Blended Learning). So, combining both in-person and online instruction seems to optimize student-learning outcomes “A meta-analysis of 23 experimental or quasi-experimental studies conducted by the U.S. Department of Education found that blends of online and face-to-face instruction, on average, had stronger learning outcomes than did face-to-face

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