“There is little research evidence other than anecdotal which points to the success of Blended Learning. There is however, overwhelming evidence of its implementation, growth and evolution over decades. We believe a blended approach meets learning and organizational goals and can satisfy a Return On Expectations (ROE).” – MIT*
According to the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education, Blended Learning melds traditional classroom-based learning with virtual and technology-based learning opportunities, giving students more control over the time, place, path, or pace of learning.
The result is an adaptive, personalized learning experience that facilitates maximum understanding of knowledge and the ability to apply that knowledge to real-world problems.
It cannot be considered Blended Learning when it lacks multimodal aspects because the synthesis of learning occurs through the combined methods of delivery.
YouTube videos, for example, are not Blended Learning; neither are professional development classes that rely solely on on-demand videos.
For adult professionals looking to apply new skills back at the office, the Blended Learning method is a must, as it combines hands-on experience with training from expert instructors. It is an effective way to maximize learning so that new knowledge and skills can easily be applied to real-world problems on the job.
For companies that implement this training method in their organization, this translates into:
Quote Source: *http://web.mit.edu/training/trainers/resources/blended_learning_at_mit.pdf