Blended learning is an umbrella term for learning methods that combine digital technology and traditional, in-person training. In my last workplace, we were trying to introduce a fairly new paradigm called Flipped Classroom. As you all know, in school, teachers spend a lot of time devising ways to assess their students progress and even more time trying to catch up their slower learners while keeping the rest of the class engaged.
In a flipped classroom this is solved by letting students read the content at their own pace, because they are kinda tested while doing so allowing the teachers identify where the students are lacking understanding. Then in the actual classroom, the teachers can focus their efforts on working with slower learners and the ones that understand the content don’t need to come in. A flipped classroom can still be a place full of reading, handwriting, note-taking, and all the other skills that have long been central to education. The upshot, though, is the added inclusion of interacting and using digital technology, which in my eyes the most essential mode of information in the modern world, being the geek I am.
A traditional classroom revolves around lectures that move at a set pace for all learners, inexact and infrequent testing, and a workflow that is conspicuously pre-digital. Flipped classrooms, change the traditional classroom model into the age of digital media and many content channels. Today’s classroom is not what it will be in the future.