Blended Learning

Combining phases of online learning and face-to-face teaching

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The term blended learning (also hybrid learning) can be used to describe a variety of teaching scenarios that all have in common that they consist of a combination of virtual and non-virtual components.  

Blended learning combines:

  • Self-directed learning activities (learning modules, forum discussions, video annotation...)
  • Live e-Learning elements (video conferences, chats...)
  • Traditional face-to-face teaching (lectures, seminars, laboratory work...)

The various phases can be weighted and arranged in very different ways. The didactic design is very important for the success of the method – the rhythm and sequence of the activities, the way they are linked with one another, and the social integration of the students.


MORE FLEXIBLE IN TERMS OF TIME AND LOCATION

The advantages of blended learning scenarios lie in a range of quite different areas, of which only a few are mentioned here. Students often benefit from having more flexibility in terms of time and location. Online components allow for different learning speeds, multimedia formats or differentiated content offers for several study programmes in one course. Concepts with other forms of interaction can be used, which, through a higher text orientation, promote a deeper engagement with the contents or guide the students as peer assessment analysis and feedback skills. By outsourcing the acquisition of knowledge to an online phase, there is more room for questions and discussions in the face-to-face sessions.

Almost all the digital teaching media provided at the Leibniz University can be used for the implementation of blended learning courses. The Inverted classroom and Just-in-time teaching methods belong to the blended learning concepts.


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30159 Hannover
Team Mediendidaktik
Address
Schloßwender Straße 7
30159 Hannover