Blended learning opens door to textbook-less classrooms

BLMS 2Blended learning involves delivering educational content to students using various audio, video and games formats. It offers combined benefits of e-learning and face to face learning. This technique makes learning interesting and interactive at the same time.  As students can choose their own time, and pace for studying, there is no need to carry text books and attend those boring classroom sessions every day.  Let’s take a look at some points to know more about blended learning.

Podcasting used as part of blended leaning

Podcasting means streaming or transferring audio files to devices like smart phones, tablet PCs, and iPod. Podcasting is once again gaining popularity, as several Universities and educational institutes from the United States are offering podcast feeds for lectures and training sessions. Students are opting for podcast feeds as it allows them to listen to lectures, and other educational content at any point in time. All they need to do is subscribe to podcasts, and download audio clips in their devices.

Trainees can also access live podcasts and listen to live training sessions, speeches from experts while on the move.

Live video conferencing or recorded video sessions

Blended learning offers combination of face to face learning and e-learning. Most of the blended systems allow trainees to access live training sessions via video conferencing. Students can also watch them later in the form of small video clips.

Gamification plays an important role

Gamification involves presenting educational content in the form of games.  It combines the fun offered by games along with seriousness and knowledge from books.  Gamification removes the boredom involved in learning.  It can be used for teaching small children, or even to train company executives.

Psychological research suggests that combining daily tasks with themes from games can increase player’s desire to participate in competition, and willingness to face challenges.

Blended learning can help in enhancing education

E-learning devices are still considered as luxury items or add-ons in most of the countries around the world. But these devices are helping educational institutions and non-profit organizations to enhance education system for underserved communities in certain South African and Arab countries.

Wireless telecommunications expert-Qualcomm is in limelight these days due to their initiative called- Wireless Reach. Thanks to this initiative, thousands of girls from underserved communities in Jordan are able to enhance their education.

Qualcomm’s first project in Jordan was launched in association with Queen Rania Al Abdullah’s nonprofit educational organizations during 2011.  Overall, 223 students from Jordan’s hilly regions were part of this project along with 32 teachers. Every student was given internet connection, and laptop loaded with educational software solutions.  Both, students and teachers from concerned schools were trained to use devices and software solutions before the beginning of research.

After reading certain findings from this research, experts pointed out that students involved in the blended learning project were more engaged in school work due to usage of mobile technology solutions.

Bended systems allow trainees and teachers to communicate from anywhere and at any time. Teachers are also benefiting due to use of blended learning, as they can create project based lessons even while they are away from school, and send them to their students within just few seconds.

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