Why Use Blended Learning?
What is Blended Learning? It is generally defined as a model of learning combining the traditional method of teaching using an instructor with online media while allowing the student to control aspects of the education such as pace and timing. The blended learning approach is becoming extremely prevalent around the world because of its flexibility and effectiveness in teaching new material. Here is some information that outlines why blended learning is on the rise:
- Blended learning provides learners with flexible access to educational materials. This is a great work-around for busy schedules, as the student dictates where and when they choose to learn. Students are also able to set their own learning pace and spend as much time as needed practicing more difficult content (Source).
- According to the Hechinger Report, learners in blended learning classrooms scored 18% higher on reading tests and 7% higher in math than those in traditional classrooms.
- In a teacher survey conducted by Learning in the 21st Century, 76% of teachers asked believed that blended learning is beneficial to students.
- In a study by Blackboard, 59% of teachers reported that students were more motivated to learn in a blended learning environment.
- The Center for Digital Education conducted a study that found that 73% of educators using a blended learning approach observed an increase in student engagement.
- A 2013 study on blended learning completed by iNACOL in the state of Idaho showed that self-paced learning had positive correlations with overall quality of student work, the interest level of students during instruction, student perseverance, and the ability of the teacher to monitor the student learning.
- An ADL study showed that when teaching declarative knowledge (information about facts or definitions), blended learning models increased effectiveness at a rate of 13%. When procedural knowledge (information about how to perform a task or action) was taught, effectiveness increased by 20% with a blended learning model.
As you can see, there are many benefits of blended learning. Everyone has a different learning style, and it gives students the freedom to use their own time to keep up with the material. Many learners find it easier to stay engaged in a blended language setting, and teachers are able to easily measure student progress, making blended learning a cost-effective and efficient option for language learning.