As the lockdown restrictions ease and the education sector begins to go back to normal, a blended learning delivery model may be the future.
Remote delivery has allowed new ways for colleges and providers to deliver education, including virtual classrooms, remote sign up and enhanced collaboration. As the world re-opens, there is no need to go back to the old ways of delivery, remote options are still available and should be utilised to save time, money and administation efforts.
How can you develop a blended learning delivery?
Technology platforms such as Zoom, Teams and Google have made it easier to meet online and create a virtual classroom. This has been essential to enabling teachers to continue to deliver lessons and interact with learner’s. Now these are likely to go back to in-person, there is no reason to stop virtual classrooms for those learner’s who need some extra help and guidance.
Don’t forget, virtual classrooms can be recorded and watched at a later date, why not record certain areas of the course that you know multiple learner’s struggle with as an aid to refer back to – save the recording in a central place and send to students. You can even test learner engagement with a short assessment afterwards to ensure they’ve engaged and understood the teaching.
Virtual classrooms also allow for a more flexible approach to learning, those who may not be able to work towards a 9-3 style of learning, can be taught outside of these hours remotely.
Administration & Efficiency
Why wait for forms to be filled out manually, on paper, in person? Electronic forms create a more efficient process. Send forms out prior to lessons or meetings and pre-populate content to avoid duplicated entry.
Changes to forms can be tracked online, ensuring the latest versions are always used and correct.
Whilst education returns to face-to-face learning, there is no reason to stop using electronic forms. This is an ideal way of implementing blended learning whilst saving the environment too – with the need for paper diminished!
Imagine the amount of time spent onboarding learner’s, whether it be completing enrolment forms, getting them to complete initial assessments or even just sharing information over and over to numerous learner’s.
Through blended delivery, initial assessments and enrolment forms can be sent prior to the onboarding phase, saving time on the for agenda items you can’t do remotely, such as campus tours.
Initial assessments are vital to ensuring the learning plan of the individual, accurately reflects the teaching planned, by ensuring this is done in advance, the learner can get started on learning from day one.
Ease the pressure
Blended learning takes the stress off the learner to keep up with the class if they are slower at understanding a topic. Students are more motivated to achieve when they have ownership of their work schedule, allowing them to catch up through recorded sessions and online assessments is perfect for those who need additional time.
The ability to catch up over virtual learning also means that if a learner has had to take time off, they can catch up to ensure when they are back to the face-to-face environment they haven’t missed any learning.
How can Smart Apprentices help?
Smart Apprentices is a suite of technologies designed for the complete learner delivery model. Use Smart Assessor to provide online teaching and assessing, monitor progress and meet with students using Smart Rooms. Our Smart VLE platform can be used to create courses suitable to the learner’s needs and perform initial assessments and diagnostics at the start of the journey.
If you would like to find out more about how Smart Apprentices can help you to create a blended learning delivery, get in touch today. Book a consultation here.
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