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Davidson is a certified professional trainer, business coach and management consultant.
Driven by passion, he is an engaging and versatile presenter with over 20 years of experience in the training industry. Over the course of his career, he has trained over 1,000 companies comprising start-ups, SMEs, MNCs, government agencies and others all over Southeast Asia.
Below are Articles and posts I have written over the years and published on Various media.
Benefits Of Blended Learning
Much has been written about how the world is changing and how this change requires new thinking and approaches. Evolution is part and parcel of the human species and each decade brings in better and more advanced innovations, all designed to make our lives easier and more efficient. However, the field of education has been sadly neglected where evolution is concerned. Admittedly, there has been some new approaches to it but the rate at which education is embracing innovation is too slow and too cautious.
Our current education system was established to create employees, from the manufacturing model of the 19th and 20th centuries. The 21st century requires a rethink of this. Dr Bena Kallick, Co-Founder of the Institute for Habits of Mind and EduPlanet21, talks about the world being VUCA: Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and full of Ambiguity. Change is happening fast, and our students are growing up in a world where jobs are not certain or guaranteed.
Even as the world becomes inundated with the number of technological devices — personal computers and smartphones, their potential still has not been fully used for the purposes of studying. This led to a system of learning and directing education known by the term blended learning.
Blended learning is also known as hybrid learning, as it combines classroom and online education. Simply put, it focuses on the integration of digital tools, techniques, and materials with the physical classroom. It allows learners to view lectures, access course content, ask questions and even finish assignments, all within easy access of their technological device.
In my opinion, this is the way forward for education to embrace, not only innovation but also the apparent demands of the learners themselves. A study called “The Future of Education” – conducted by Internships.com and the research firm Millennial Branding found that 50% of students feel that physical classroom is unnecessary for learning, 53% trust in the reputability of online colleges, and 39% expect education to be more virtual in the future.
Other findings from the report show that:
- 84% of students use a computer to study.
- 19% use an iPhone and tablet device to study.
- 69% would participate in an online internship if they were able to.
- 43% believe online education will provide them with courses of the same or higher quality than traditional colleges.
On top of these, there are countless other benefits to blended learning:
- Flexibility in terms of availability — Smartphones and Apps
A mobile phone is now a ubiquitous accessory and mobile technology brings many benefits to the e-learning space. This means that online course creators are now better positioned to create customized blended learning courses. Due to the robustness of today’s mobile devices, many of the barriers to successful blended learning solutions are easy to overcome. The intuitiveness of today’s young learners and the accessibility of modern devices means that anyone can navigate through courses without training. It also means that learners can study as and when they are able to fit it in their schedule.
Apart from this, there are more and more online learning platforms and apps emerging like Udemy, Coursera, and Khan Academy popping up every day.
- Engaging Interaction
Most students struggle with having discipline in their routine, and in organizing their schedules around education. A student/teacher relationship can be pivotal in addressing this. Depending on a student and their learning habits, a trained mentor can create a schedule for them.
This kind of personalised approach is one that is lacking in a regular school structure. In a physical classroom, everyone must participate in the same program and lack of resource means that teachers cannot tend to each person in the group with such specific attention. But with blended learning, a student is given an engaging education experience from the choice of media right to the choice of content source, all this in the comfort of their homes.
- Keeps students focused and improves knowledge retention
It is a well-known fact that all students, irrespective of their age, learn differently. Because blended learning can support both offline and online teaching methods, it allows the instructor to create a course that caters to all the different learning styles.
A learning management system (LMS) used in a blended learning context, allows educators to evaluate the efficiency of training content by evaluating students based on a test or quiz results. This will easily highlight learners who are struggling and identify who needs additional support from the educators.
In the corporate sector, blended learning has also helped streamlined the training process and made training more accessible to corporate learners, on a global scale. It has also made learning more learner-centric and makes self-paced learning possible.
In summary, blended learning has helped to improve information retention, engagement, and teaching, regardless of the industry, from schools to corporations.