Blended learning, sometimes referred to as hybrid learning involves instructors integrating online technology into their face-to-face instruction. There are many variations of blended learning that involve different situations which use blended learning models. In our current situation, we are language instructors who want to enhance the learning experience for our students. When I discuss blended learning with my peers, I draw from the advantages of blended learning from the list below.
• Ubiquitous access: Students can use digital tools on their personal devices during classes or on their own time.
• Mastery learning: Digital tools usually require learners to complete tasks before reporting a result.
• Adaptive learning: Some tools offer automated movement between levels of difficulty based on learner performance.
• Instant feedback: A majority of tools provide instant feedback unless a course facilitator has disabled this feature.
• Gamification: Injecting fun and challenge into learning is a common feature of digital learning. This includes rewards, scores, performance ladders and storylines.
• Input variation: Digital media includes audio, video, animation, interactivity, imagery and in some virtual spaces.
• Record keeping: If required by an instructor, most digital media allow learner activity and results to be tracked and archived.
I hope this helps you justify moving forward into blended learning with our classes or helps you start a dialogue with your administration to help promote funding for blended learning technologies support and training.
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