Distance Learning can’t replace face-to-face classes.
That’s why in France and in Germany, the pioneers for the digitization of schools in Europe, the Blended Learning method skyrocketed in the last few years.
The results: more efficient classes and a better engagement of the students.
Let’s see how.
Blended Learning: what is it?
Blended Learning can be defined as the perfectly balanced mix between class experience and online learning.
Just to be clear: we’re not talking about the internet research students usually do.
This method requires a well structured program with the same goal as in presence classes – help students learn.
The digital contents the teacher makes, primarily videos, allow the student to learn according to his own capabilities and to invest all the time he or she needs to fill any gap.
Effectiveness and fun
Without any doubt, the Blended Learning method requires a good planning and some hard work. But we can bet on it: the results will replay any effort.
1. Students engagement
Boys and girls nowadays grew up surrounded by technology (it’s not a coincidence if they’re called digital natives). Ever since they were children they played with their parents’ smartphones. They can intuitively learn how to use almost every kind of program and device in the blink of an eye.
That’s why it’s only natural that Blended Learning is a way to bring the school closer to the modern student, using a language they know how to speak.
The contents created have all the features needed to catch their attention, engage and interest them.
Let’s make a practical example. You create a video on a specific topic and ask your students to watch it on their own before coming to class. This way they will be able to develop their personal idea on the matter.
With the right motivation your students will be more inclined to express their thoughts with the rest of the class and to ask questions. In a few words: to live the lesson in first person.
2. Better time management
Our students are not all the same. For some people two hours are enough to study the whole chapter, for others it’s just enough to study a couple of pages. Every single student learn in a completely personal way following its own pace.
Blended Learning allows student to access educational resources outside the school environment. Teachers have more time to dedicate to their students doubts, or even to deepen some interesting aspects of their subject.
3. Certified progress and results
Using a certified e-Learning platform, it’s possible to verify the overall growth of your classes.
Every access to the videos uploaded on the platform is tracked. It’s also possible to test the skills learned. You can also create reports and charts to see which topic need some more time to be fully understood.
How you can start with Blended Learning
As we said before, Blended Learning must be framed inside a bigger project.
We decided to sum up the key points to keep in mind when moving the first steps in the e-Learning world.
Set your goals
Before diving into your Blended Learning strategy, make sure you take some time to understand where you want to go. Engage more your students, create in-depth information, integrate digital in your everyday classes. Option are potentially endless.
Define which tools you need in order to monitor your progress and to measure your goals.
Define which resources you need
In the internet era there are no limits. Programs to edit videos and virtual libraries from which draw on for information. Online you can find everything you need for sure.
Think about your students, their age and social context before starting your project.
Let results guide you
Always remember to analyze your students’ improvement, along with your own progress. Most likely you will need to adjust some things. Try not to stress too much about it, it’s all part of the road that will lead you to cross the finish line.
The future of teaching
Now more than ever the challenges that schools face can be turned into opportunities.
We are well aware that screens and computers will never substitute for interactions between human beings. That’s why online learning platforms can’t be considered as the teachers of the future.
What they can do, though, is to help teachers and students to live a custom and flexible school. Especially those schools that aim to be 100% inclusive and where every student is considered with its own history and its own needs.
e-Learn allows you to manage your students’ learning process in one single platform. You can upload lectures, monitor the progress of every single one of them and to verify their understanding of your subject with online tests.