Importanceof Blended Learning
Importanceof Blended Learning
Blendedlearning is a good idea, and many scholars have praised the systemsince its introduction into the education system. In the contemporarysociety, blended learning has made the learning process much easier(Rovai & Jordan, 2004). Blended learning has also made both theworks of the teachers and the students much easier than before(Garrison & Kanuka, 2004, p. 95-105). For students that arelearning new languages, blended learning allows efficient learningprocess for them. Additionally, the students are in a position tomeet their teachers that would help them in the learning process(Heinze & Procter, 2004, Neumeier, 2005). Ginns & Ellis(2007) also added that blending learning have made activities in thehigher education institutions much faster and cheaper. Therefore, itis of benefits to the students, teachers, and other stakeholders inthe field of education. With the kind of modernity that comes withblended learning, pupils and teachers relationship is much closer(Garrison & Vaughan, 2008). Most students believe that in ablended learning system, they can maintain a good relationship withtheir teachers without necessarily having a face-to-face contact (So& Brush, 2008).
Ina research study that assessed the methodology used in the blendedlearning system revealed that the methods of learning used are moreefficient than the traditional methods (Bliuc, Goodyear & Ellis,2007). In most cases, for students, homework is easily accessed attheir places of residence from the internet (Akkoyunlu & Soylu,2008). Stacey & Gerbic (2007) argued that most teachers are alsoin a position to identify areas that their students need moreassistance by maintaining a close and friendly relationship.
Blendedlearning has enabled some students to improve in their academicperformance (Oliver & Trigwell, 2005). Therefore, through thesystem, students are in a position to perform much better. Studentsreceive beneficial information from many sources as they accessadditional information from the online sources (Bonk & Graham,2012). Picciano & Seaman (2009) in a follow up that they did onmost school administrators in the U.S found out that mostadministrators had the feeling that blended learning had contributeda lot towards the improvements in their schools. Blended learning isthe key contributor towards the advancement in the educational sector(Stacey & Gerbic, 2008). Therefore, both the students andteachers have no reason to complain of not getting enough from schoolas more information is available on the internet. When we combine theteachers’ efforts with the level of technology in the contemporarysociety, the effectiveness of the teaching process is improved (Kim &Bonk, 2006). Studies indicate that teachers use blended learning toimprove the performance of their students (Boyle et al., 2003).Therefore, blended learning is of great importance in the educationalsector, and it benefits almost all the stakeholders in the industry.
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