Technology has changed our lives in so many ways over the last 20 years. As access to the Internet went from a hobby for computer lovers to an essential service, the ways we shop, socialize and work have all been transformed. So have the ways we learn—especially once the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020.
If you’re looking to train for a new career, you’ve probably read about online degree or diploma programs. You’ve probably also seen information about “blended” learning. Blended learning programs combine in-person, on-campus education with online classes.
At Altierus Career College, we have been delivering programs via blended learning since before the pandemic. We think it offers our students the best of both worlds. This article describes five benefits of blended learning.
First and foremost, programs that use blended learning can offer their students more flexibility. At Altierus Career College, offering blended classes means many of our students only need to be on campus one to three days per week, depending on the program they choose.
On the other days, they can continue to work and meet family obligations while completing online coursework in their own time.
More Engaging Classes
Blended learning can transform the in-class experience, too. We integrate interactive learning experiences into our instructors’ teaching with the use of smart TVs.
Instead of the traditional lecture-and-taking-notes approach, classes become active discovery labs where students interact with 3-D models, watch videos, and complete hands-on activities using industry equipment.
More Interaction Between Students and Instructors
A 2018 study of blended learning at the University of Iowa found that blended learning can encourage more “two-way conversations” between teachers and students during in-class activities which integrated technology.
According to a 2018 EdWeek article, the online learning environment also allows students and instructors to connect via e-mail and message boards, giving additional accessibility. This can make it easier for students to reach out even if they can’t visit an instructor during office hours.
More Opportunity to Review Material
Another bonus when it comes to blended learning is the fact that students can access online course materials and activities whenever they want. This means students have the opportunity to review concepts they’re having trouble with at their own pace, as often as they need to.
Evidence of Better Grades and Less Text Anxiety
A 2014 study of science, engineering, and math classes by a team at the University of Washington found that students in blended learning environments performed 6 percent better on tests and were 1.5 times less likely to fail their class than students in traditional lecture-based classes.
The 2018 University of Iowa study mentioned above also found that students in the blended classes earned better grades than those in lecture-based classes or purely online programs. Ninety-five percent of blended students earned a C- or better, compared to just 82 percent of lecture students and 81 percent of online-only students. What’s more, students in the blended classes reported they felt less anxious when it came time to take a test compared to the online-only students. That confidence is key to success!
Discover a Better Way to Learn
Train for a new career with a college that makes the benefits of blended learning available to you. Altierus Career College provides all students with a laptop so they can access e-books and coursework online. Learn more about Altierus today!