How can educators bridge learning gaps with blended learning?


           February 21, 2021

Schools have adapted well and survived the crisis, now it’s time to thrive….

Education sector witnessed an unimaginable disruption last year! But, thankfully, the worst is behind us and there is a ray of hope that schools will reopen soon.

Though studies continued for our children through digital means, it is a bitter fact that face-to-face interactions with teachers and fun time with peers were missed terribly, even if the virtual classes were effective.

Physical classrooms are an indispensable part of a student’s life – vital to their growth, we all know that. But, we have realized something else too, which is equally important – THE INCREDIBLE POTENTIAL OF TECHNOLOGY IN EDUCATION!

Technology integration into lesson plans brought several interesting and multi-dimensional prospects to the classroom. Would teachers and students want to say ‘bye’ to all the amazing and wonderful things they have discovered and explored during this exceptional academic session? Definitely, not!

Well, a 100% digital approach is not something we are endorsing here, for sure! It is inappropriate for holistic development and infeasible too given the ‘digital divide’ in our country.

Only 40% of the rural communities have access to devices and only 8 -10 percent of the children from such households, get to use the devices for their learning. It’s no surprise that only 60% of the children from such regions have been able to attend online classes because either they were grappling from network connectivity issues or  unavailability of dedicated devices due to a single device being shared among 2-3 children.

Then, what is the best way forward…..

…embrace “blended learning”, where print and digital coexist!

Yes!, our futuristic classrooms should have tools from both traditional and digital realms, so that teachers can adopt a “blended” multichannel teaching approach offering the best of face-to-face and online worlds – all in one place.

As schools prepare to reopen for the next session, there are several challenges ahead of them. In particular, educators are anxious about the emergence of learning gaps. One complete session has been online! It has been hard for teachers to gauge students’ performance with precision. Not every child has been comfortable with virtual learning, some had inhibitive fears to express, while some failed to concentrate and grasp concepts during online sessions.

Can teachers bridge these learning gaps through blended learning?

“Students” are at the heart of the blended teaching-learning process.

Blended learning will help teachers acknowledge varying strengths of students, personalize instruction and present information in multiple ways.

Imagine a textbook aligned to some video on a digital board and is mapped to an evaluation framework with reporting capabilities! – a great tool indeed to conduct formative assessments

Blended learning solutions are the need of the hour for a robust and progressive educational system, barring all access and time-related limitations to learning materials!

Blended learning has the proven potential to enhance both the effectiveness and efficiency of meaningful learning experiences and bridging learning gaps.


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