Blended learning is a perfect blend of virtual learning with traditional classroom learning as it incorporates face-to-face learning, e-learning and self education. It uses technology as a tool to create a personalised learning plan for an individual in a traditional learning environment. The learner has control over his/her pace of learning which is essential for a better and deeper understanding of concepts. This form of learning is beneficial to both the teacher and students as it helps them to broaden their horizons.
The students are challenged to be independent learners and the teachers are challenged to be critical thinkers and innovators. The teachers matter more in this form of learning as they have to choose programmes for each student based on their level of understanding and know exactly what motivates them. This helps the teachers to engage with each student on an individual level despite of being in a larger group setting. Blended learning also creates a flexible environment and teaches students to be more adaptable, collaborative and efficient.
In Florida, the P.K. Younge Developmental Research School implemented blended learning in classrooms and has had a pass rate of 93 per cent as compared to the statewide average pass rate of 60 per cent. Blended learning has also been used in management training to boost motivation. The Swiss Management School specialises in blended learning and has seen a 40 per cent increase in employee motivation with smoother teamwork and an increase in economic indicators. Blended learning surely seems to be an effective way of learning which maximises use of resources, be it time, money and/or technology