Blended learning is a combined learning method. It enables students to alternate between traditional learning and remote learning. There are different methods available for creating your blended learning course. Each one has its advantages and enables you to improve your students’ learning experience. The four blended learning methods – Rotation, Flex, A la carte and Enriched virtual – offered by training organisations have all proved their worth.
The rotation model of blended learning
The rotation model enables students to switch from one workstation to another, whether in face-to-face or online mode. The rotation model is divided into four “sub-models”:
Workstation rotation. In practice, this means the student switches between:
- online classes;
- collaborative work sessions;
- face-to-face classes with the teacher.
- Laboratory rotation. This model of blended learning is similar to workstation rotation. The only difference is that the online part is carried out in a computer lab instead of remotely.
- Flipped classroom. In this case, students study the theory at home while face-to-face classes focus on practical work, question & answer sessions, etc.
- Individual rotation. Here, there are no groups. The teacher or an algorithm sends each student to a workstation suited to their needs.
Further reading: The benefits of blended learning
The “flex” version of blended learning
With this method, training focuses particularly on online learning. Students can still benefit from face-to-face sessions but they are only for pupils who need and request them. The training schedule is therefore not decided at the outset.
What is the key benefit of the “flex” method? This type of blended learning improves student autonomy. Students become agents of their own learning.
A la carte blended learning
The à la carte method offers students a certain amount of freedom and the opportunity to get more involved in their learning. They can choose extra (and complementary) classes on top of their core training course. They can then plan their learning how they wish.
With à la carte blended learning, students can customise their learning according to their own wishes, needs and availability. This freedom can help improve student motivation.
This method of blended learning enables teachers to adopt a different role. They can, for example, plan individual sessions to answer students’ questions.
The enriched virtual model
This method of blended learning focuses on remote learning. Students take almost all classes online and may have occasional face-to-face classes with their teacher.
Further reading: What is blended learning?