Importance of Blended Learning in the Era of Digital Education
- 31 October 2022
Education in the 21st century is no longer just about putting pen to paper and memorizing facts. With the development of technology, the education system is under the process of revamping. Especially during the COVID pandemic, teaching has undergone a significant transformation with the widespread adoption of digital technology and easy access to the internet. This rapidly changing landscape should serve as a reminder that traditional teaching methods must evolve to keep up. We need to incorporate integrated technologies into the learning model. One such learning model which makes learning simple, easier, and effective is blended learning.
UGC defines blended learning as “the term given to the educational practice of combining digital learning tools with more traditional classroom face to face teaching.” In other words, blended learning, also known as flipped classroom learning, is a teaching method that combines technology and digital media with traditional instructor-led classroom activities, allowing students to tailor their learning experiences.
This type of learning is important for students because it combines the best of traditional and digital learning methods. While classroom learning is necessary for overall discipline, online learning allows students to personalize their education. Like all the fingers of one hand are not the same, all students are not the same. Along with traditional chalk and board teaching when students get an additional digital support. They learn according to their own pace and schedule ensuring that they fully understand new concepts before undergoing the pressure of moving on.
Blended learning or a flipped classroom transforms the teacher’s role from a knowledge provider to a coach and mentor. This shift does not imply that teachers are less important or play a passive role in their students’ education. It provides an appropriate balance between online instruction, which offers interactive, technology-based learning, individualized pacing, and privacy to keep students engaged and motivated, and teacher-led instruction, which personalises the learning experience and adds the human elements of encouragement, compassion, and caring guidance that only teachers can provide.
Through this mixed learning environment teachers have the opportunity to deepen and strengthen student – teacher relationships as a result of more frequent and personal interaction with individual students. The trust that comes with close relationships provide teachers with insights into their students’ personal struggles and needs, empowering teachers to comfort and coach students through challenges that frequently serve as barriers to learning.
At Oakridge teachers have always made sure that blending learning has been in practice. We believe that every student deserves to learn in an environment they can succeed in; technology ensures that inclusion is the baseline rather than a luxury. Students at Oakridge along with the classroom teaching also have access to learn through Scratch Jr, Century Tech, Interactive Display Panels. They additionally have access to the Global Campus where they get an opportunity to connect with 78000 students across 81 Nord Anglia Schools in 32 countries.
This new learning dynamic benefits students and teachers alike. Here is how this methodology of learning helps student: