How to overcome the obstacles on the path of blended learning?

Blended learning combines the strengths of face-to-face and online approaches to create impactful and holistic learning experiences. 

Blended education is experiential, student-focused and analysis-driven. 

It is the way forward for better student learning outcomes but how to do it right? 

How can schools be successful in adopting blended models? 

This blog addresses the strategies and solutions for schools – to overcome the people, process and technology related challenges faced in implementing blended learning effectively.

PEOPLE-RELATED CHALLENGES

Teachers are the most important agents of change in the classroom  – they must be prepared well to transform learning spaces!

  • Lack of digital skills

Without adequate digital skills, educators are likely to struggle and may fail to use the full potential of technology in classrooms.

  • Resistance to change

It is quite human to resist changes as no one likes to step out of their comfort zones. While the new generation of teachers are still open to changes in classrooms, the older generation of teachers – experts at traditional learning are reluctant due to the fear of ‘unknown’ and ‘failure’ in  technology-aided learning. 

  • Readiness of learners

Distraction, lack of motivation and inability to drive independent learning outside the classroom, are some of the student related problems that teachers grapple to resolve.

PROCESS-RELATED CHALLENGES

Streamline your processes and the results will follow!

  • Adapting to a blended curriculum

Blended lesson plans require more effort and time – if the pedagogical processes and timelines do not evolve to support this change, teachers will not be able to make the right impact. 

  • Monitoring participant progress

Tracking and analyzing each student’s learning trajectory – is difficult, if the defined processes target course completion, rather than individualized effective learning.

  • Ensuring engagement with online content

With shorter attention spans, engaging students meaningfully and motivating them to study asynchronously – is tough! 

  • Minimizing the student-achievement gap

Due to the unique students’ capabilities, weaker students might feel lost and lag behind in a self-paced learning environment.

TECHNOLOGY-RELATED CHALLENGES

Technology can be the ‘key enabler’ in blended learning!

  • Selecting appropriate LMS and virtual learning platform

Choosing effective tools that reduce teachers’ burden and simplify tasks can be tricky for schools with incomplete knowledge and zero experience of blended learning. Classroom.live is one such virtual classroom software that empowers teachers in creating impactful blended learning sessions.

  • Managing additional investment in Technology 

Blended learning usually requires substantial investment on digital resources which may be difficult for schools to implement and maintain.

  • Frequent technical glitches

Blended learning delivery can be hampered by technological issues like power cuts, internet outages, server downtime, bandwidth issues etc.

  • Overdose of technology  

If technology is not introduced in the right proportion and at the right pace, it can do more harm than good.

  • Technology is not accessible to all

Blended learning reach is diminished due to ‘no access to devices and internet’ in rural communities. 

  • Cybersecurity threats

Keeping students secure in a  virtual learning environment is a huge responsibility on teachers’ shoulders.

OVERCOMING THE CHALLENGES

Orientation is the key solution to ensure a smooth transition from the rigid and traditional teaching methods towards a more flexible, inclusive and hybrid learning approach.

  • Schools must support teachers and coach them on how to use technology with ease and clarity of purpose. 
  • Teachers should instill confidence in students about the intent and benefits of using technology – within and beyond the classroom space.
  • Validate learning objectives to determine appropriate tools and assessment techniques.
  • Include feedback mechanisms and collaboration tools in the learning process.
  • Use data analytics to analyze student data and improvise learning outcomes. 
  • Use LMS for sharing learning materials and important information like task deadlines, class schedules, course maps etc
  • Resist the temptation to redesign everything in one go – add engaging and interactive elements to your content gradually, in context of the audience and learning targets.
  • Compare different technologies and analyze key factors to make the perfect blend of virtual and physical elements
  • Provide technical assistance for your technology aided learning platform.

IN CONCLUSION

Redesigning classrooms to adopt blended learning and harnessing the power of technology is challenging, but it’s definitely worth it!

Through blended learning, schools will prepare the students for the rapidly evolving world –  imparting important life skills like critical thinking, adaptability and problem solving aptitude. 

The technology choices schools make, will have a huge impact on their blended learning adoption. Try Classroom.live – teachers’ ‘ultimate partner’ in overcoming all challenges on the blended learning journey.

Don’t let the challenges become roadblocks in learning! 

     Let’s blend right with classroom.live!