You may have heard the phrase ‘blended learning’ in recent meetings and seminars. Do you know what it means? Hopefully, this blog will clear up any confusion! If it doesn’t then feel free to e-mail academic@iqbar.co.uk with any questions or comments you may have.

Blended learning is an approach to education that combines self-directed online materials with opportunities for interaction with a teacher. In the traditional sense this interaction with a teacher would be done in a physical classroom but at IQBar this translates to classroom sessions with our Buddies. What this means in simple terms is that Breadies can sign up to do part of their learning with a Buddy as normal, but they can also access materials on the online platform that they can work through themselves.

For example, a Bready may sign up for the new STEM course and decide to go for the blended learning approach. They would have access to the online platform where they could access the learning materials in their own time and progress at their own pace. They could then also book in sessions on a one to one basis with a Buddy or attend one of the group sessions. Another Bready may decide to book the one to one session with a Buddy first but supplement their sessions by accessing the online materials too. There is lots of flexibility built in, a Bready could even decide to start with the online approach and switch completely to the Buddy sessions.

The concepts behind blended learning were developed in the 1960s but it lacked the technology to get it up and running, so it was not until the 1990s that the approach got started. Since then as technology has developed so have the blended learning models. We are now lucky to live an era where we have the technology to allow us to make engaging and effective blended learning that is appealing to a wide range of Breadies. We have a great deal of resources we can access and lots of talented and creative Buddies who are developing even more.

Advantages of Blended Learning

Blended learning has been shown in many educational studies to be a very effective approach to learning. It has many advantages, including:

  • Breadies can learn from anywhere and at any time. They are not restricted to booking a certain time slot, they can fit the learning in around their everyday lives.
  • If there are connection issues, then they can simply come back to where they got to later.
  • We can reach more Breadies who will then potentially sign up to face to face lessons too, leading to an increase in bookings.
  • Increased Bready engagement. They can take an active part in their own learning; they work at their own pace participating in a variety of activity types that keep their interest.
  • Breadies can make use of the interactive features on the platform, there are opportunities to take part in the discussion boards, live seminars, achieve awards and badges amongst others.
  • Breadies learn more and make better progress in their English. Many studies have shown that the learning outcomes with a blended approach improves the end results. If Breadies make good progress, then they are more likely to stay with the company long term.
  • Breadies feel in control of their own learning. It promotes independence, autonomy and confidence in their own learning.

IQBar’s Blended Learning

Blended learning has been shown in many educational studies to be a very effective approach to learning. It has many advantages, including:

  • Breadies can learn from anywhere and at any time. They are not restricted to booking a certain time slot, they can fit the learning in around their everyday lives.
  • If there are connection issues, then they can simply come back to where they got to later.
  • We can reach more Breadies who will then potentially sign up to face to face lessons too, leading to an increase in bookings.
  • Increased Bready engagement. They can take an active part in their own learning; they work at their own pace participating in a variety of activity types that keep their interest.
  • Breadies can make use of the interactive features on the platform, there are opportunities to take part in the discussion boards, live seminars, achieve awards and badges amongst others.
  • Breadies learn more and make better progress in their English. Many studies have shown that the learning outcomes with a blended approach improves the end results. If Breadies make good progress, then they are more likely to stay with the company long term.
  • Breadies feel in control of their own learning. It promotes independence, autonomy and confidence in their own learning.

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