Alexander Schmitz, a student at Belle Report, teaches a variety of articles through the MyTeachers.us website.
What Does A Choold Baord Member Need To Know About Blended Learning Or Online Learning
If I ever have the chance to become an educational institution, I am going to try something very new, especially if that future educational institution is online. I know that most people who are going to be reading this article aren’t going to like that concept at all, but I personally think that my educational structure will not only save lives by replacing first-class school infrastructure but will help us give our children an excellent path towards successful and successful-ish careers. It’s like the person who created the Caterpillar and Balsa Wood Machine, which laid the bedrock of our current manufacturing industry. It turns out that on their own, they’re incredibly useful. But they’re really not why the machine’s valuable: the Balsa Woods and templates they supplied gave us the ability to make mechanical structures that we all know and love.
This comparison comes to mind when you think about online learning or blended learning. As much as I like traditional learning structures, blended learning allows us to try out different forms of education that we might otherwise not be able to commit to, and it allows us to see them for what they truly are: terrific learning environments. Of course, I’m talking about schools. Whether it’s YouTube learning videos, online courses, or virtual classroom simulations, there are many forms of online learning available for students to try out what they’re interested in. There are schools that will even let students take classes for one week at a time. For example, @TheMPharmacy is a Twitter account that lets you answer questions you might have about all things pharmacy, and it leads a student in the direction of online pharmacy classes. Or, say I have that large of a collection of vinyl LPs that I don’t have the space to fill any more, but I’d really like to learn to play them. Yes, I know it takes money to learn to play those LPs, but why not explore online music schools, even if it means that the little group of talented and resourceful people at @TheMPharmacy get to teach me at no cost? Granted, that’s only one of many examples, but really, that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
But at this point, I think that I’m almost convinced that online learning and blended learning are going to become more popular in the years to come, and I wanted to write down some things you can know about them that you might not know. First off, if you’re one of the people reading this that follows me, I’m going to guess that you already know about half of what I’m about to tell you. Well, let me first tell you that I care so much about this topic because I have some real practical suggestions.
Now that I’ve brought it up, let me try to make my point. What can you know about blended learning?
First off, I like to talk about it in terms of the combination of online learning and classroom learning: blended learning is when a student is able to experience both learning in a traditional manner, and learning from peers in the online classes. I’m not really talking about e-learning here (though I believe that fully understanding information in an e-learning environment is a wonderful thing); I’m talking about in-person and in-class experiences that make you feel like you’re learning together. I’m not saying that you’re supposed to become closer to each other than in-person learning, because you most certainly shouldn’t, but that you can share what you’re learning with classmates to benefit the class as a whole. That’s a big deal.
The third part of what I want to talk about is non-traditional learning environments. Some of the best blended learning options I know of are such things as virtual classrooms, where students can interact with one another outside of regular class time while still being able to follow the instruction of the instructor. These types of environments are going to be the future of learning, because you don’t want to take part in a classroom and feel alienated. You want to bring out the best of your peers; you want to challenge them, and have them challenge you. These environments aren’t only for educational institutions, either.