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Blended Learning: The Best of Both Worlds

With the rather abrupt switch to home-based learning amid the pandemic, many parents are concerned about its effectiveness — some even craving the permanent return to physical classes. Depending on your perspective, you may prefer online or physical classes better, as both have their own unique set of benefits and drawbacks.

For example:

  1. Online classes are taken comfortably from the student’s home which saves them travelling time and expenses. However, your home may not be an ideal place to learn, especially if your child gets easily distracted by the bed or TV around them. Comparatively, physical classrooms are built more conducive.

  2. Online lessons are easily recorded and accessible for students to review at their own pace. Students can slow down on the specific topics they struggle with. But in physical classes, teachers usually have to cater to the majority’s speed.

You may now wonder, between online and physical classes, which is better for your child? But it is unlikely you have to choose just one or the other anymore as we introduce to you blended learning.

As its name suggests, blended learning incorporates a blend of physical, face-to-face learning with online learning. In the context of tuition, imagine a mix of pre-recorded video lessons and traditional, offline classes. But why are more and more educators using blended learning?

One big thing that blended learning can do in today’s era is to continue learning through disruptions. As we have seen in the past year, unpredictable events can happen, interrupting our everyday routines. No one saw a global pandemic coming — or that schools would close, and work-from-home would become the default arrangement. With blended learning, we embrace both online and offline styles of learning, equipping us with the ability to adapt from one to the other seamlessly in circumstances we have no other choice.

Furthermore, blended learning breaks the boring monotony of learning in the single, same way. Just like being stuck in the same classroom for most of the day can get stifling, facing a computer screen for hours on end gets tedious. Blended learning gives students a mix of mediums to use, and different ways to engage with the material. As such, learning becomes more fun!

But of course, not every student would take to blended learning right away. Up till last year, we have relied mostly on physical classes in schools and tuition centres. Our children have not been actively trained to learn online yet. For younger children in the lower primary levels, adult supervision is needed when they are online, to help them with technological hiccups, as well as monitor their digital habits.

Other students may simply prefer hands-on types of learning, which the online medium cannot replicate yet. Hence, for these groups of students, it will be more ideal that they continue to learn through physical classes whenever possible, though online learning can always be slowly introduced to them, at a pace they can manage.

As we talked about in our last article, our world is moving online. The good news is we have all the tools we need — so all we need now is the willingness to challenge ourselves to embrace new digital trends. Blended learning is one way to introduce your child to the coming new norm. If you are interested in finding out more, contact Learning Smart here.

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