What is Blended Learning?
Blended learning is a flexible way of completing your course of study, combining online aspects with in-classroom experience to allow for an accessible learning style. In a blended course, students may view lectures, access readings, ask questions and complete assignments online, so time in the classroom can focus more on discussion and activities. It creates opportunities to study a wide range of subjects and gain qualifications while learning flexibly, whenever and wherever suits you.
Blended learning is the integration of digital tools, techniques and materials with the physical classroom. In a blended course, students may view lectures, access readings, ask questions, and complete assignments online in virtual learning environments (VLE) like Moodle and through online classrooms such as Zoom, freeing up in-person class periods for discussions, activities and traditional lectures. Other terms, such as mixed, hybrid, or integrative learning, all describe the same method of teaching.
Why study blended courses?
Becoming certified in any professional area can enhance your job prospects. Online learning with user-friendly digital technology can mean pursuing your passion for a subject area or acquiring valuable qualifications which can give your career a welcome boost or offer an exciting change of direction.
Blended courses combine the freedom of e-learning with the opportunity to personally interact with lecturers and fellow students. For example, the lecturer, or facilitator, may assign an online video for students to watch, then spend the class discussing the content, demonstrating different methods and allowing students to practice techniques with immediate, instructive feedback. Blended courses offer numerous other benefits, including:
- Flexibility: Busy, geographically dispersed and mature students have more control over their schedules, avoiding the hassle of a daily commute
- Independence: Students often develop independence and motivation by working in their own time at their own pace
- Diversification: Students have access to a rich array of learning tools and styles they may not encounter in the traditional classroom
- Support: Students experience the personal engagement and support of interacting with their lecturers and classmates while benefiting from the flexibility of online delivery
How does blended learning work?
Our online and blended courses employ flipped and online classroom techniques, high-end video lectures, online activities and state of the art digital technology, to provide students with a quality learning experience. We engage with students from their initial enquiry and induction to online mentoring, regular face-to-face sessions and round the clock support from our dedicated eLearning team.
While different courses will vary, blended courses are generally made up of three elements:
- Weekly video lectures, tasks and quizzes, completed in your own time, wherever you are.
- Monthly live webinars, which you can join from anywhere with an internet connection.
- Occasional on-campus classes, generally held one Saturday of every month.
What is the virtual classroom?
Blended teaching occurs through online Learning Management Systems (LMS) like Moodle, Canvas or Blackboard. These digital platforms mimic the physical classroom, offering regularly updated content, and allowing learners to interact with their lecturer and fellow students through webinars, online group activities and discussion forums. Online activities may take place synchronously, with every student logged in and cooperating in real-time, or asynchronously with students participating at their convenience following a flexible timeline. Content in blended programmes is fully comparable to material offered in traditional courses; only the delivery method is different.
Blended courses at Griffith College
At Griffith College, students attend blended learning tutorials in online webinars such as the Zoom classroom and then meet for monthly in-person workshops on campus. Blended learning students also have access to all of the facilities, resources and extracurricular activities offered to full- and part-time Griffith students.