Blog 10-05-2021

Blended learning, hybrid learning and flipped classrooms

If you talk about digitisation in education, you are talking about blended learning, hybrid learning, virtual classrooms and, therefore, also distance learning. Terms that are now increasingly anchored in higher education. But these are terms that do not have the same meaning at every college or university. And that causes the necessary confusion. Digitisation in education is a fact now. We cannot ignore it anymore. But digital education on itself is quite a challenge. Let alone the differences between blended learning, hybrid learning and flipped classrooms!

Blended learning

Blended learning is becoming increasingly popular in education. But what is it? Blended learning is a form of learning that takes place both online and in a physical location. Both forms are integrated into a cohesive learning experience for the student. The learning methods complement each other well, creating a complete learning programme. The face-to-face contact between you and your students is not replaced by online training. The online aspect usually comprises exercises that supplement lessons in a classroom.

Hybrid learning

The term ‘hybrid learning’ is often confused with ‘blended learning’. In hybrid learning, however, most of the course is online. The difference with blended learning is that the face-to-face contact between you and your students takes place as an online interaction.

Some even say that hybrid learning is the route to the education of the future, in which technology will form the basis. But technology must be supportive, not leading. Because what works for one university may not work for another.

Flipped classroom

Flipped classroom is a different type of blended learning. You can 'flip' your lesson or classroom in different ways. Normally, part of the time in the classroom is spent on giving instructions. The basic principle of flipping the classroom? The time in the classroom is no longer used for giving instructions. The student is first taught through e-learning or through an online presentation, in which they can become acquainted with the new course material. They will then attend classroom-based lessons where the course material can be expanded on, in the form of discussions or problem-solving.

Virtual classroom

For colleges and universities, 'the blend' still consisted mainly of traditional teaching. By now, everyone has been able to find his or her way in the world called ‘online education’. And that without any clear directions! From online lectures to virtual classrooms: establishments are currently providing digital education in every conceivable way. Virtual classrooms perhaps still closely resemble a traditional lecture theatre, and the interaction between you and your students seems almost real.

The future of education

That accelerated digitisation within education? We believe it is an excellent development. But are you not yet convinced of the benefits of digital education? It demands a lot from teachers. It also requires a lot of effort. And where to start? We give you 6 advantages of digital education!

Is it going a bit too fast for you and is your head spinning a bit? No problem. Blended learning, hybrid learning, student centricity, gamification, virtual classrooms... the possibilities are endless. We create order in the chaos of buzzwords. Because as a teacher you want to be prepared for EVERYTHING. You can read all about it in our free whitepaper. Are you ready for the education of the future?

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