What are the benefits of blended learning?

The most commonly cited benefit of blended learning is saving time:

  • Blended learning reduces the amount of time a student is required to attend on-campus classes
  • Reduces time away from their job where typically employees would need to take time off from work to meet the requirements for on-campus learning

Other learner benefits include:

  • It reduces commuting costs associated with getting to campus (e.g., gas, parking, tolls)
  • It enables learning to happen beyond the classroom and in the work setting (e.g., health management taught on-site at a local hospital)
  • It enables learners to learn on the campus closest to their work or home adding to the convenience and flexibility
  • It puts the learner in control, providing more choices for the student to select the learning method to match their unique learning style helping them succeed in reaching their educational goals

Instructor and institutional benefits include:

  • For educators, it reduces the need for the physical classroom enabling institutions to free up this space for other uses (e.g., more classes)
  • For instructors, they reap similar benefits as students in that their reduce the time they spend commuting to the lecture halls as well as have limitless reach and access to their students for continued interaction
  • In addition, faculty are also able to open up class related conversations beyond their own class and share out worldwide for added insights and perspectives
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