In a blended learning environment, there is a combination of face-to-face instruction and online learning. While technology and devices may also be used to support traditional instruction, some of the actual instruction is shifted to web-based content and activities. This shift allows students to have some control over the time, place, path, and pace of their learning – another critical element of blended learning. The teacher plays an important and direct role in a student’s learning by providing some face-to-face instruction, shaping the online learning, and providing support and guidance to students when needed. In blended learning, the online and face-to-face components are coordinated and work together to deliver an integrated learning experience.
Blended learning has the potential to fundamentally change instruction with its student-centered approach. Online learning is customized, offering individual data, timely feedback, and flexible pathways for learning. Because students control the pace of instruction and are able to review instructional content multiple times or pause to make meaning and connections, learning can be based on mastery rather than time. The flexibility and dynamic quality of digital content many provides opportunities for students to reach beyond the classroom.
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