Blended learning

15 Sep

“Blended learning combines multiple delivery media that are designed to complement each other and promote learning and application-learned behaviour” (Singh, 2003, p52). Investigating the idea that has serious results for teaching online, Singh goes onto mention that the online learning component within a blended learning environment, should be self-paced. This raises the apparition of the teacher being at best just a facilitator and at worst, a spectator (Singh, 2003, p58).

I am an exponent of the Blended learning environment especially the Flipped classroom. So let’s look at the behind-the-scenes of blended learning. What does it really take to be a blended learning teacher?

1. Flexibility

Things go wrong all the time. Have a digital Plan B on hand or, if necessary, a way to teach the same goal, but offline, using the resources in the room. You have to model patience. I know it’s hard.

2. Problem-Solving

Our tech person can’t focus only on your needs even though you might be using technology more than others. You need to great creative in your problem solving. I must remember to log problems on the job site.

3. Scaffold More

Make sure you lead up to your expectations in a step-by-step way. For instance, I start the year by setting out rules you can’t just ask students to blog or join the discussion room. You need to help them first understand.

5. Willingness to Learn from Students

They may know more than you.

6. Willingness to Give Up Time After School

Be prepared to get sucked into awesome online conversations long after the school bell rings. It won’t seem like a chore. It’s a pleasure.

I know that blended learning may not be everyone’s cup of tea. Having said all that, however, even those who may not be partial to these techniques may soon have to learn to be. It’s our students’ future. And what’s their future is ours too.

Singh H. (2003) Building Effective Blended Learning Programs in November – December 2003Issue of Educational Technology, Volume 43, Number 6, Pages 51-54 Retrieved

9 August 2014 from http://asianvu.com/bookstoread/framework/blended-learning.pdf

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