In the last several years, technology has changed nearly every aspect of everyday life. It is easier to work, shop and connect to other parts of the world. But one of the biggest impacts it has had is to change how people earn an education.
Online degrees have been steadily increasing in recent years, making education more convenient and accessible. With the introduction of online coursework, classes are no longer limited to the walls of a school. However, not all schools switched to entirely digital options. Many have introduced blended learning to their programs. Instead of being limited to entirely online or all in-seat classes, these hybrid programs allow students to get the personalized help of face-to-face instruction with flexible online components.
Here are four reasons you should consider enrolling in a blended learning program:
1. You Get the Best of Both Academic Structures
IGI Global defines hybrid learning as the process of students gaining skills from a combination of “digital, printed, recorded and traditional face-to-face class activities.”1 This means that students can be introduced to a wider range of material through different mediums. Students aren’t only listening to a lecture but are interacting with digital information and activities outside of the classroom.
Simply put, not all students learn the same way.
Some need more routine, hands-on instruction while others prefer the flexibility that online learning provides. That is why blended learning is beneficial to a wide range of students. They can get both the benefits of face-to-face explanations and connections with professors and still have the flexibility that entirely in-seat classes can’t always offer.
2. Blended Learning Has High Success Rates
With the number of blended learning and hybrid courses growing across the country, more research has been published about their effects on student performance. The results show that there are a lot of benefits to combining digital coursework and traditional classroom atmospheres.
One report that studied the effects of blended learning showed an impressive change in middle and high school students, particularly in algebra. Completed by the RAND Corporation and US Department of Education, the study found that the students’ performance increased dramatically—eight percentile points—after switching to a hybrid learning model.2
The Center for Digital Education found that 73% of teachers who use hybrid learning models in their courses saw more student engagement than in traditional class structures.3 Many educators also claim that engagement in hybrid programs appears higher than in entirely online programs.4 This could be explained by the personal attention of the in-seat portion, instead of the student just staring at a computer for the entire course.
3. It’s Convenient and Flexible for All Schedules
More adult learners are enrolling in higher education than ever before, though college courses can sometimes seem impossible to fit into a busy schedule. Balancing work, family and school, however, is easier with the convenience of online programs.
Julia F. Freeland of the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation claims, “The whole power of blended learning…lies in its ability to personalize education to meet individual students’ needs.”5 Hybrid programs can help create more diverse classes because it appeals to a variety of student needs.
It is a win-win for both students and higher education institutes when schools can personalize programs to fit the needs and preferences of their student body.
Bryan’s hybrid learning options can help you achieve your career training goals.
4. Hybrid Courses are Gaining Popularity
The Digital Learning Compass: Distance Education Enrollment Report 2017 examines the patterns of distance education enrollments among U.S. degree-granting higher education institutions, and the findings show positive results for hybrid learning.
According to the report, the number of higher education students taking at least one distance education course in 2015 now tops six million, which comes to about 30% of all enrollments.6
More and more students across the nation are adopting online learning as an effective method for career training.
Start Your Hybrid Courses Today!
Want to receive a quality career training that is easier on both your schedule and your wallet? Look no further than Bryan’s hybrid learning options!
At Bryan, students get the flexibility of working with their trainers in class and also completing work at home, on their own schedule. Check out the hybrid learning opportunities for the diploma and associate degree programs. Classes are only two days a week in-seat, and you can complete the rest of the coursework online.
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