technicalenglish.biz offers companies a range of blended learning course options whereby face-to-face meetings provide learners with the opportunity for real communication practice with tutors, whilst e-learning sessions allow them to progress at their own pace. Ideal for those who find it difficult to attend regular classes, this is a proven and personalised way to promote language training.
Blended courses cleverly integrate face-to-face and online learning. Online and classroom activities and course materials are selected to complement each other, to engage students and to achieve specified learning outcomes.
Blended learning courses do not follow a single formula. Some use the online environment for content or lecture-style delivery and the classroom for active learning opportunities, whereas others use the face-to-face time for targeted input and the online environment for discussions, assessments or other learning activities.
The following are aspects of effective course design and trainer behaviour that can be applied to blended courses; however, they are applicable to all courses whether they are face-to-face, blended or completely online.
- Intended learning outcomes are measurable, achievable, relevant, concise, and clearly stated.
- The learning activities and assignments promote the achievement of the intended learning outcomes and are aligned with each other.
- The course effectively engages students in the learning process through a mix of student-content, student-trainer, and student-student interaction.
- Course activities respect diverse talents, backgrounds and different ways of learning.
- Authentic learning activities are used to help students recognize the relevancy of course content.
- Regular feedback about student performance is provided in a timely manner throughout the course.
- Course activities promote active learning.
- The trainer emphasizes the value of time an task and communicates high expectations to their students.
- The trainer creates and fosters a supportive learning environment for learners.
Blended learning offers the best of both worlds. Not only do students benefit from the implementation of a synchronous learning strategy, but they also have the opportunity to benefit from progressing at their own pace techniques that are part of an asynchronous learning strategy.
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