Blended learning – A term that has grown popular due to the ongoing pandemic, is a type of learning that integrates both virtual and real classes to provide a conducive and wholesome environment for students to continue their learning in such circumstances as well. Is blended learning required in the present scenario?
Online classes have not allowed social distancing a cause to distance ourselves from education. The COVID –19 pandemic has created a state of panic and distress in the world. But people have been courageous and have bounced back with an ingenious idea of online classes. Students, confined to their houses, have still been able to cope up with their studies through an easy and fun way. Online classes enable us to learn with the help of interesting videos. Online classes ensure greater time flexibility. There are innumerous advantages of online classes. But every idea has a drawback.
DRAWBACKS IN BOTH WAYS OF LEARNING
Virtual classes have created a sense of isolation. They have deprived the students of interpersonal communication and there has been no scope for development of social skills. They are important for every student and students have to be nurtured with moral values for a brighter future. No way of learning is perfect. Offline classes are a threat now with increasing and rampant spread of the virus. Also, during offline classes the methods of learning were not as creative as it is during virtual learning.
THE RIGHT BLEND
A blending of offline and online classes will be the most apt way to learn in future. There is no doubt that online classes are beneficial and have not let down the standards of education during these struggling times of lockdown. But traditional classes have their own benefits. Nothing can compensate classroom learning, right? Hence, we will have to implement new ways of in-depth and conceptual learning trough both online and offline education. Blended learning is a much-needed change that has to be welcomed and accepted. No change, means no rise in the standards of education. And every challenge is in itself a chance to improve!