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The Benefits of Blended Learning

Teachers and students both use the phrase “academic success,” but they use it differently. For teachers, the phrase means that students have demonstrated proficiency with course material. For students, the term may involve the degree of difficulty learning course material and their level of engagement with it. Blended learning (sometimes called “hybrid learning”) is a somewhat recent development in the education field that uses significant forms of technology in the classroom to increase academic success in any context.

For those interested in new educational models, a master’s degree in education develops and promotes invaluable experience with a variety of teaching methodologies. Online learning has proven itself a game changer in education, and blended learning incorporates the best features of online learning and in-class instruction into student-centered activities that range from a single assignment to the entire course curriculum.

Blended Learning Increases Student Success

The most common form of blended learning is the Rotation Model, wherein students alternate between self-directed online learning and classroom instruction. This model may include labs, readings, projects, group work and class-wide instruction. Additionally, it relies upon technology in the classroom, such as software, search engines, cameras, cell phones and other devices that enhance student engagement; the rotation model does not limit instruction to traditional lecture-and-response approaches, and teachers from any discipline can also shift this model from the classroom to the computer lab. A master’s degree in education helps interested teachers master the concepts behind alternative models like blended learning with the training and experience they need to make the most of technology in the classroom.

Immediate Classroom Results

The volume of information that teachers can convey via blended learning, as opposed to traditional classroom models, is tremendous. By taking advantage of technology in the classroom, teachers can also easily see which parts of an assignment are most engaging to students and which parts are giving them the most trouble. By sending and receiving such volumes of information, teachers can customize in-class lessons to support students in mastering problem areas.

Blended learning combines the best aspects of online teaching and in-class instruction to help teachers and students achieve academic success. The model yields significant performance data that teachers can use to tailor their instruction plans, and technology in the classroom makes learning a more dynamic and engaging process. Teachers who would like to learn more about improving their classrooms should consider the opportunities available in online master’s degree in education programs, where experienced faculty and like-minded students can help advance careers and improve job satisfaction.

Learn more about the University of Texas at Arlington online Master of Education degree programs.


Sources:

District Administration: Different Faces of Blended Learning

iNACOL: National Standards for Quality Online Courses


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