Blended Learning
Blended learning: An outlook to the future of Edtech

Background

Education is a crucial standpoint of digital diversification. One of the significant disruptive changes that we face is the change in the mode of delivery. The latest and most acceptable trend globally is the process of Blended Learning. 

It is said that “When skill meets tool, miracles happen”, the same applies in this case, technology can enable teachers to deliver the academic content in the best possible way enabling students to grasp concepts even more efficiently and clearly. One such example is the use of graphics by a subject expert to make content delivery even more efficient.

Let us understand what is blended learning

Unlike remote learning, blended learning is not about totally discontinuing classroom based learning, blended learning is the novel approach of academic content delivery by using conventional as well as advanced edtech tools. The conventional tools of content delivery can be made more efficient by integrating them with the advanced technological aids.

Advantages of blended learning

Learning management system is such an example that utilizes the technology for better academic content delivery and learning, the conventional teaching aids like the blackboard and chalk can be used for teaching, these lectures can be streamed online and stored as video, graphics can be added to make the learning a better experience.

Blended learning has gained immense popularity, bacame a futuristic approach and sparked a lot of debate in India. The incorporation of hybrid/blended learning in the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 and the union budget of 2022-23 has made the institutions adopt a new teaching model.

Is blending learning a scientifically proven approach?

Yes, Blended learning is a scientifically proven and accepted approach, various studies performed at international level show a significant improvement in concept understanding among those who were subjected to blended learning than those who were being taught in a conventional way.

Here are the scientifically proven ways to improve the content delivery with the help of technology-

  • Inclusion of Graphics, Images, Videos
  • Content delivery through digital activities
  • Experience based learning through Virtual and Augmented Reality Tools

What are the key characteristics of blended learning?

The blended learning has essentially three components

  1. Continuation of existing teaching method
  2. Digitalization of classrooms and rendering them “Technologically enabled”
  3. Content delivery and storage in a novel way (Eg Graphics, Videos, VR and AR)

Know more about learning management systems

Role of Learning Management System in blended learning

Learning management systems are specially designed cloud based softwares for streamlining the crucial academic activities. Most of the academic activities come under the scope of advanced LMS, here are certain features of LMS to count a few-

  • Automatic course content delivery
  • Automatic knowledge assessment tests for candidates
  • Attendance tracing
  • Restricted and controlled access to course content
  1. Restricted access- Only candidates who are enrolled for the course can access the course material
  2. Controlled access- The candidate can access the later part of course only after clearing the assessment test of the previous course segment.
  3. Automatic certification based on marks.

What are the advantages of blended learning?

Advantages of blended learning

Blended learning comes as a strong alternative to conventional classes, while the technology brings its own advantages; the pros of conventional learning can be preserved by implementing the blended learning. Lack of Interaction between the teacher and students has always been considered a drawback of solely digital learning,but with blended learning, this is no more an issue. 

Apart from this, blended learning lets the students learn at their own pace according to their convenience. To serve this purpose, the lectures can be recorded and can be accessed anytime and anywhere by the enrolled students. By this way, students can continue their learning without any halt.

Various day to day academic  time consuming processes can be automated, for example, the Learning Management System (LMS) efficiently traces the candidate attendance and allows the instructor to get the result in an exportable format. The same is the case for results, the results can be directly exported in the printable excel format, which saves a lot of time for the academician

In the era of uncertainty, how is blended learning affecting the students and educators globally?

Collaborative learning develops right through the early years. Blended learning is a boon to the children as they can learn at their own pace. With the resources available at the click of a button, the children can understand their lessons. At Splashgain Technology Solutions, students can access the classes and learn through feedback-based learning. They can learn online assignment management, which is the need for today’s globally aligned students.

On the other hand, the teachers are equally empowered with the pedagogy of blended learning. They can visualize and monitor a child’s progress in real-time. The digitalization of lessons leaves them with ample time for personalized learning. The communication between the educator and pupil is enhanced. 

With the help of platforms like ours, which hundreds of education institutes have successfully adopted, the blended learning process has become an advantage in global classrooms. Blended learning has empowered all the stakeholders in education and reduced the cost of learning massively.

Global overview of blended learning adoption

Global scenario of blended learning adoption

The global edtech adaptation is increasing exponentially.

The global level studies suggest that the technology enabled learning gives better concept understanding (1) (2)

According to UNESCO data, 1.2 billion children across 186 countries got affected due to school closure owing the COVID pandemic (3), the school closure led technology adaptation to reach its peak (4)

Majority of universities in Europe (92%) agree to explore the new ways of teaching, out of this, 75% universities are looking forward to digitalize the academic content delivery (5)

According to data by statista, 45% of first generation students and 61% transformed students are the target population of Edtech. (6)

In India, according to a study, 90% of the schools use pedagogical software tools, these tools include video streaming tools and study material delivery interfaces (7)

Where the Edtech and blended learning heading?

Considering this, the global adoption of education technology due to the pandemic is leading to an era where the education is not limited to classrooms, and classrooms are being more open and flexible to candidates, this surely gives the insights of “How the future of academic content delivery and overall education system would be”.

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