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The benefits of using a hybrid instruction model for your course.

There are many reasons to use a blended learning approach in course design.  Before starting a course design process, it is useful to stop and reflect on the reasons and desired goals for such an approach. The following are the benefits of blended learning by audience:

For students

  • Improves the ability to personalize learning.
  • Increases flexibility in course scheduling.
  • Improves student engagement and motivation.
  • Creates learning communities across time and geolocation.

For instructors

  • Improves pedagogy used in a course by increasing the level of active learning strategies, peer-to-peer learning strategies, and learner-centered strategies used.
  • It provides flexible scheduling and delivery of information by "offering a mix of traditional and technology-mediated channels to provide more options for non-traditional students (Graham, 2005)."

For campus

  • Increases cost effectiveness and efficiency by finding more cost-efficient solutions than the current, traditional teaching methods.
  • Extends time and stretches resources.
  • Has the potential to expand the reach of effective teachers.
  • Reduces “seat time.”


At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Wisconsin Experience and the Essential Learning Outcomes initiative encourages instructors to facilitate the following practices in their courses:
  • substantial research experiences that generate knowledge and analytical skills
  • global and cultural competencies and engagement
  • leadership and activism opportunities
  • application of knowledge in the “real world”
This initiative strives to help students develop the following skills before they graduate:
Skills Developed
Knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world Intellectual and practical skills Personal and social responsibility Integrative Learning
  • Through study in the sciences and mathematics, social sciences, humanities, histories, languages, and the arts
  • Inquiry and analysis
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Written and oral communication
  • Quantitative literacy
  • Information, media, and technology literacy
  • Civic knowledge and engagement – local and global
  • Intercultural knowledge and competence
  • Foundations and skills for lifelong learning
  •  Synthesis and advanced accomplishment across general and specialized studies
  • Focused on engagement with big questions, both contemporary and enduring
  • Practiced extensively across the curriculum in the context of progressively more challenging problems, projects, and standards for performance
  • Anchored through active involvement with diverse communities and real-world challenges
  • Demonstrated through the application of knowledge, skills, and responsibilities to new settings and complex problems

In the book, The Handbook of Blended Learning, Curtis Bonk, Kyong-Jee Kim, and Tintin Zeng contribute a chapter called “Future Directions of Blended Learning in Higher Education and Workplace Learning Setting.”

Future predictions for most-widely used pedagogical techniques for e-learning in higher education settings
Response Options Number of Respondents Response Ratio (%)
Group problem-solving and collaboration tasks 356 65.4
Problem-based learning 316 58.1
Discussion 237 43.6
Case-based strategies 228 41.2
Simulation and role play 198 36.4
Student-generated content 190 34.9
Coaching or mentoring 162 29.8
Guided learning 155 28.5
Exploration or discovery 147 27.0
Lecturing or teacher-directed activities 60 11.0
Modeling solution process 49 9.0
Socratic questioning 47 8.6

future predictions
Future predictions for most-widely used pedagogical techniques for e-learning in workplace learning settings
Response Options Number of Respondents Response Ratio (%)
Authentic case scenarios 145 63
Simulations or gaming 115 50
Problem-based learning 97 42.2
Coaching or mentoring 90 39.1
Guided learning 86 37.4
Self-Paced learning 79 34.3
Exploration or discovery 45 19.6
Modeling solution processes 44 19.1
Discussion 41 17.8
Debates and role play 36 15.7
Lecturing 3 13.5
Socratic Questioning 5 2.2

Keywordsblended, hybrid, instruction, benefitsDoc ID119857
OwnerTimmo D.GroupInstructional Resources
Created2022-07-21 14:37:56Updated2024-04-04 15:05:34
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