Blended learning also offers greater potential for flexibility in a similar way to virtual learning. Whilst the core content will remain the same, the method of teaching can be adapted to meet the needs of the learner.
This may be based on elements such as the learning styles mentioned above or may be built around more practical concerns such as accessibility. Any student who struggles to get to campus for any reason is not tied to face-to-face teaching and can complete their studies online. This is something that organizations can seek to maintain, in order to improve accessibility for those with physical or economic barriers that impede access to traditional learning.
Blended learning offers a more cost-effective solution for higher education organizations. No longer having to accommodate large numbers of students in lecture halls or computer labs with resources easily accessed without the need for printing or course books means that a blended learning approach has become increasingly popular since the COVID-19 pandemic.
The increase in time efficiency is appealing to students and teachers alike, with more time being focused on learning and interaction, rather than practical organisation and distribution of materials.
Learn more about the benefits of blended learning by reading our guide.
Cons of blended learning
As with anything, are a few downsides to this approach:
Availability of technology
The obstacle to a blended learning approach is the availability of technology for both students and universities. Investment needs to be made to provide organizations with the technology required to deliver course content online, as well as ensuring that students have access to adequate devices. Organizations will need to ensure that the systems available can handle an influx of online traffic, as well as future proofing for further technological development.
You can find out more about the challenges presented by a blended learning approach by reading our guide.