The Difference of Blended Learning from the Traditional Classroom Set-up

As mandated by the government guidelines under the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in our country, more and more educational institutions are transitioning from traditional classrooms to online ones. Aside from the delivery of content and instruction, what are other things that differentiates digitally-inspired learning from traditional ones?

Although they might seem quite different from one another, they are both rooted from the following same essential foundations:

Similarities:
  • They both require a great amount of effort and work.
  • Providing and receiving constructive feedback is important.
  • Assignments plays a vital role in the learning experience.
  • They both have challenges and rewards.
  • Both require students discipline and time management.
  • Evidence of learning outcomes is significant.
Differences:
  • Blended learning can be synchronous and asynchronous.
  • Blended learning requires more self-direction to complete a subject or course.
  • Feedbacks can be slower but more in-depth.
  • Students can have more equal opportunities since blended learning is more standard-based and evidence-based.
  • There are more social interactions since classes are extended to their digital devises.
  • There are more chances for peer-review and peer-learning.
Digitally-inspred classes will not just be about using attractive mobile applications and online platforms. More importantly, it is about providing broader learning space for the learners to explore and acquire the 21st Century Skills. Blended Learning is not actually abandoning traditional practices in teaching and learning. Rather, it empowers it through adapting to the various needs of the learners. The adaptive nature of it actually serves as the bridge between traditional and online classes to achieve the common goal: to produce responsive and globally competitive lifelong learners.