Blended learning combines face-to-face classroom teaching methods with online learning activities. With this program, students take their courses online and participate in learning projects on-site that tie-in with what they’re learning in the virtual classroom. The benefit of the blended model is that students can apply what they’ve learned through group projects and hands-on activities led by instructors. This allows students to focus on the subject material and gives the instructor more time for one-on-one interaction.
Utilizing a blended learning program is a great way for instructors to ensure students are able to apply the course material that they are teaching, because they see students in various classroom settings and can lead them in project-based activities. This also still gives the student the flexibility to do their course work from anywhere that has an internet connection, but gives them direct interaction with their instructors in small group settings.
Project based learning is an instructional approach that motivates students through authentic activities that are designed to answer a question or solve a problem. These activities develop communication, organization, time-management, leadership, research and reflection skills within students.