In this digital era, learners prefer to have access to learning resources anywhere and at any time. Classroom learning alone is no longer enough for current students, as it does not meet their learning needs completely, this is where blended learning comes in. Blended learning is an optimal mix of in-classroom learning and online learning, which offers learners the best parts of both elements. This provides the personal touch of in classroom teaching with the flexibility of online learning that caters to differing learning styles and the preferences of the learner.

eLearning vs Instructor-Led/Classroom Learning

The following table shows the benefits of both types of learning.

eLearning  Instructor Led Learning  
Self-directed, enabling learners to proceed at their own pace  Availability of the academic to adapt to participants’ needs and questions 
Convenient and flexible  Live group interactions, collaborations, role modelling, and mentoring possible 
Consistency in the format and delivery of content  Face-to-face sharing of experiences and social interaction 
Easy to update and disseminate  Dedicated time in a controlled environment, away from other work demands 
Reduced time away from work and cost of logistics  Ability to address topics and issues that are outside of the packaged course material 
Ideal for a multicultural and multilingual context  Easy to modify and adapt instructional strategies 

Considering blended learning as part of your teaching approach can help a wider range of students to reap the benefits. Blended learning can be used for teaching content, but also for assessments too. For more information on how you can use technology to support assessment and integrate it within an online environment, try reading this blog post: https://blogs.tees.ac.uk/lteonline/2016/07/07/integrating-assessment-through-blended-learning/ 

For further support with blended learning, please contact elearning@tees.ac.uk

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