Learning is the cognitive process of acquiring
Hybrid and Blended Learning Concept
Learning is the cognitive process of acquiring
skills or knowledge. It is vital and inevitable as everyone is born a poor
fish, gaining knowledge from associates with time during growth. The various
methods of learning are thus significant. Back in the days, learning was
face-to-face, with minimal or no use of the internet. This has however changed,
thanks to the great innovators who pioneered the introduction of digital
learning platforms. Assertion of skills can now be effectively accomplished
with the combination of seat time teaching and use of digital sources: hybrid
or blended learning. This is the pedagogical approach that includes seat time
instruction with computer-mediated instruction.
The face-to-face model is one of the most
fascinating blending methods, and the closest to a typical school structure.
The face-to-face model helps struggling students to continue studying at their
own progressive pace by using technology. Technology is greatly used together
with traditional teaching to help improve the outcome in education. Through
this model, lecturers can assign work to the students through a digital
platform and supervise on their progress often in a classroom or a laboratory. Students with either below or above grade
level are greatly advantaged by use of this digital tool as it helps improve
their understanding and also avoid retention through the educational course. ("6
Types of Blended Learning")
Rotation Model on the other hand allows students to rotate between fixed
schedules and may either work online or through face-to-face instruction.
Students mostly rotate around online learning, small group instructions and
writing assignments. The rotation can be based on a lecturer’s discretion or on
a fixed schedule. This helps students to receive various differentiated
experiences and therefore outperforming students receiving one type of
instruction. There are various sub models in rotation model including: Station
rotation model, lab rotation model, flipped classroom model and individual
Flex is another significant model used in
schools to support a large number of students who are struggling or at-risk in
education. It helps improves on online content delivery since students spend
most of their time receiving individualized instructions from lecturers, the
adaptive software and online resources. Lecturers can also provide small group
instructions to students using the software while maintaining classes. This
model offers students flexible learning environments where they are free to
arrive and part the class according to the designated schedule.
Through an Online Lab model, courses are
taught entirely online often in labs with the supervision of a professional not
necessarily a lecturer. It accommodates students who have to work at an
adjusted pace. This model also supports students wishing to undertake a
specific course which is not offered at their current school. This model also helps
offer educational services to schools that have minimal lecturers and also
offer courses which they have no qualified lecturers to teach. Online lab model
is not very effective in schools with not enough computer labs since most of
the work is done online. . ("6 Types of Blended Learning")
The Self-Blend model helps self-driven and gifted students wishing to undertake
certain courses beyond what is already offered at their current school site.
These students continue with the traditional face-to-face classes while still
supplementing their learning through online courses offered by other schools.
This model also offers students freedom to supplement what they have learned
and what they have been taught in the traditional face-to-face learning.
Online Driver allows students to work remotely and courses materials are
delivered through an online platform. This model is a great advantage to
students who require more flexibility and independence in their daily routine.
Face-to-face instructions are not necessary although students can engage lecturers
online if they have questions. The Online Driver Model creates differentiation
in education since each student in a classroom can attain different knowledge while
studying at different levels.
Improved time management is one of the major
advantages posed by blended learning. With the assimilation of online learning,
the course outline and notes are at the student’s disposal, thus learning does
not stop when the students leave the class. They can revisit the topics covered
in class at their own convenience, hence completing the coursework in time or
meeting the week’s deadlines. They can also engross themselves in online
discussions, which can take place at any time, contrary to traditional learning
where students must meet up for a discussion.
is the other major advantage realized by the institutions that utilize blended
learning. During real time learning,
the most extroverted students may dominate the learning process, shunning away
the views of the introverts, who barely participate in the conversation. There
is less sharing of views and ideas. Online discussions favour all, including
the less forceful personalities. The platform gives an equal opportunity to
each student to give a thoughtful response.
instruction and online learning working hand in hand provides the students with
a customized learning experience with personalized feedback. If the students
are struggling with a particular topic, they can access supplementary material
online, engage in discussions where they help each other out or get assistance
from the lecturer. They can also indulge in online multimedia activities to
cater for their performance goals.
prime benefit in assimilating the online learning platform is cost savings. The
cost incurred in travelling to and from school is reduced. The number of
in-class sittings is reduced thence minimal travelling expenses. Lecturers
provide the notes online for the general scope of the course. The students are
therefore exempted from photocopying notes expenses and costs incurred in
learning removes location and time limitations. Students can engage in
discussions at any time of the day, regardless of their location. This improves
their learning as they help each other out even in the absence of the tutor. In
the incidents of national crisis such as a state of emergency, the learning
process is not disrupted as it can transmission to a fully online platform, and
regaining normalcy after political cool down. Blended learning can also pose a
lot of disadvantages as I will discuss later. ("Blended Learning
Advantages And Disadvantages In Corporate Training")
begin with, misuse of learning technology tools can lead to wastage of resource.
Lack of the required knowledge needed to operate the online platform can be a
huge degradation to the available resources. Utilization of online tools that
do not offer the required services may lead to misuse of resources and wastage
of quality time. It’s therefore important to have a good plan before purchasing
expensive tools and programs that may never promote the company’s growth. When
planning, you need to come up with devices and software that will help the
target group with less strain to the available funds.
the success of the online training highly depends on the learner’s
technological knowledge and their willingness to learn and interact with
diverse training materials. It’s a fact that in every institution, change is
not easily accepted by everyone and sometimes it tends to affect those involved
negatively rather than positively. Most employees in big companies also lack
the necessary skills required to work with such platforms making the training
even more difficult. The institution adopting the online training also require
to develop an enthusiastic community that takes the technology seriously in
training and real world. The company is also needed to come up with workshops
where the trainees can be introduced to the tools and software needed to get
the blended learning started.
setting up of the system and maintaining the platforms is very expensive.
Purchasing of the online software, tools and equipment is very expensive and
mostly unaffordable to most organizations. The costs incurred are especially
very expensive to the organizations that manage a large workforce or rather
have several departments. The expenses incurred might be huge, but not
comparable to the advantages they pose as an aftermath. The nominal fee paid
monthly as a maintenance fee is also very discouraging but the many advantages
posed by the systems outweighs them all.
("Blended Learning Advantages And Disadvantages In Corporate
In comparison of the pros and cons, the
advantages outweigh the disadvantages. Assimilating hybrid learning concept is
a sure tool in improving the education system. Students can improve in time
management, get an equal chance in sharing views during discussions, get a personalized
training experience, and get a reduction in learning costs and get 24/7 access
to learning tools. Schools and institutions should adopt the concept and help
the various schools in achieving hybrid learning.