What Is Blended Learning? These Videos Will Get You Started

Blended learning is one of those buzz words in education and technology these days. It’s not bringing a blender to class and trying a ‘Will It Blend?’ type project. Sorry, had to include that joke. You’re better than that, though. So let’s get down to it. What is blended learning and what should you know about it? Whether you’re a teacher or student, these videos from Edudemic reader Frederic Skrzypek shed some light on the importance of blended learning.

If you’ve been curious about blended learning but don’t know where to get started, these videos are basically a boot camp in the form of video infographics. They’re well done and worth checking out. Below is a note from Frederic that he sent to Edudemic for this post:

We all know the old adage: an image is worth a thousand words. So, keeping with that tradition, I created 2 videos to give a brief overview of what is Blended Learning. Part 1 of the video explains briefly what is blended learning in general and part 2 is about the benefits of such a learning environment.

Below is part II of the presentation on Blended Learning. In this presentation, we will go over some of the main benefits of such a learning environment.

– The rise of K-12 blended learning by Heather Staker
– Blended Learning in Grades 4-12: Leveraging the Power of Technology to Create Student-Centered Classrooms by Catlin R. (Rice) Tucker

Blended solution best for digitised learning

Online education specialists believe as the market continues to embrace technology to digitise the learning experience, there is an increasing need to consider the merits of combining e-learning with instructor-led training workshops.

Richard Rayne is the Managing Director of iLearn, a South African specialist provider of ONSITE instructor-led and ONLINE e-learning training methodologies.

He suggests that the benefits of e-learning are well documented and clear to decision makers, which is why there is an escalating demand. “E-learning provides clients with a simple learning methodology that can be scaled with no geographic implication. I don’t believe that e-learning is the silver bullet to all training requirements but is definitely appropriate for environments that require geographic scale, recurring training of the same generic content and perhaps for people who just cannot take the time to attend instructor-led sessions.”


Aside from interest in the need to digitise client owned training content into an e-learning format, there is also a focus on the relevance of an online electronic assessment solution.

Rayne believes it is critical to measure and report on these experiences in order to measure the impact and return on expectation of a training experience – and the best way to distribute and collect the data is in an electronic format.

With HR emerging as the frontline of transformation within commerce (amid the introduction of advanced systems and new regulations), businesses are looking to technology to help them manage the resource more effectively.

Management at iLearn suggest that this has paved the way for the introduction of Learner Management Systems.

“These systems are required in order to host, provision, administer and report on e-learning delivery. Most systems have the functionality to manage all learning; including instructor-led training,” says Rayne. “The greatest benefit for Talent Managers is to be able to at the click of a button produce a report aligned to the specifications of the SETAs Annual Training Report (ATR) and that in itself is a massive time save,” he says.

Rayne predicts that e-learning will completely dominate the market, finding application in most sized organisations, across a myriad of industries and sectors – whether for a specific intervention or a product.

His hope is that blended learning solutions become the de facto requirement.

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Source: http://www.biztechafrica.com/article/blended-solution-best-digitised-learning/6456/#.UrV_C_RDuSo