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Blended Learning

July 17, 2020, Brett Auton

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As students transition back to the face-to-face teaching and learning, schools are now reviewing the online learning experience for teachers, students and parents.

Teachers across the globe have undertaken an intensive professional development process. Quickly transferring learning online has required teachers to not only upskill their use of technology but also evaluate pedagogy that works in a remote learning environment.

It is imperative that this momentum in engaging with technology is not lost, and that educators now look at ways of incorporating effective online learning aspects to make good pedagogical choices moving forward.

Blended learning is a pedagogical approach that transforms the delivery of curriculum by shifting control of some or all learning to the student, using online platforms.

There are several blended learning models that can be utilised to deliver learning that not only engages the learner but that frees teacher time. It is not the ‘blend’ that makes the difference it is rather the emphasis on the fundamental redesign of content in the light of new knowledge and technologies.

One common blended learning approach is the ‘flipped classroom’, where teachers have students access content and knowledge in their own time and allocate classroom time to facilitating students to apply that knowledge and develop skills. This also frees teachers to provide one-on-one support to those students who need assistance. Student can also use class time for discussion and collaboration with peers, which can then deepen the learning experience.

Another type of blended learning is the ‘flex model’. This model was used extensively through the recent Covid-19 online learning experience. This model requires the teacher to assign several tasks for a week or longer period, with an assigned due date. Students then work on these tasks at their own pace and in their personal preferred order. The ‘flex model’ allows students to work independently and seek teacher assistance as needed. Like the ‘flipped classroom’ teachers are then freed to provide personalised learning to individual students as needed.

All blended learning requires a common platform to be used that is easy to access and can provide whole-class information, personalised tasks and communication to students.

MOQdigital has experienced education consultants who can assist your school in developing the best blended learning model and delivery platform. Our consultants can assist your school in building a common platform for the delivery of online resources with a blended learning focus that meets the needs of teachers and students. 

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