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 benefits of blended learning by audience:
Improves the ability to personalize learning.
Increases flexibility in course scheduling.
Improves student engagement and motivation.
Creates learning communities across time and geolocation.
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)."
Increases cost effectiveness and efficiency by finding solutions that are more cost-efficient than the current, traditional teaching methods.
Extends time and stretches resources.
Has the potential to expand the reach of effective teachers.
substantial research experiences that generate knowledge and analytical skills;
global and cultural competencies and engagement;
leadership and activism opportunities; and
application of knowledge in the “real world”
This initiative strives to help students develop the following skills before they graduate:
Knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world
Intellectual and practical skills
Personal and social responsibility
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
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
Number of Respondents
Response Ratio (%)
Group problem-solving and collaboration tasks
Simulation and role play
Coaching or mentoring
Exploration or discovery
Lecturing or teacher-directed activities
Modeling solution process
Future predictions for most-widely used pedagogical techniques for e-learning in workplace learning settings