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Is a Blended Learning Approach Right for You?

Published: October 28, 2020
 

You’ve decided that you’re ready to go back to school and earn a degree that will prepare you for a new and exciting career in a field that you love. But things have changed since you were in high school. You’re an adult now. You have a job, a family to take care of, and a household to manage. How can you fit classes into your busy schedule? Is a blended learning approach right for you? It just might be your best option.

What Is Blended Learning?

This modern learning format blends an online education with hands-on classroom experience. You’ll gain textbook knowledge from the comfort of your home—or wherever you choose to study—and you’ll receive real-world training on campus from instructors who also have experience in the field.

What Are the Benefits of Blended Learning?

Blended learning is an effective instructional mode that incorporates the best components of both traditional and online learning. And while some students are more comfortable sitting in a classroom, blended learning has actually come out ahead when looking at student success and retention. It can also meet the needs of a broader range of adult students who need to balance both work and school. Here are some other benefits of blended learning:

  • Flexibility: You can complete the online portion of your education from anywhere there is an Internet connection, including your own home.
  • Cost Savings: With less travel to campus, you can save money on gas and transportation fees. You will also save time you would have spent on the commute.
  • Hands-on Training: Blended learning gives you the best of both worlds. You’ll still receive hands-on, in-person training so you’ll be prepared for the experiences you’ll face from day one of your new career.

Tips for Blended Learning

There are many benefits to blended learning, but there are also a few things you should know before you start a degree program in this format. For one thing, you have to be self-motivated and well-disciplined to stay on track. Since a good portion of your learning is completed online, it will be your responsibility to attend class, keep up with your assignments, and complete them on time. Here are a few more tips:

  • Stay Organized: Get a planner, a calendar, or a scheduling app that can help keep track of due dates and deadlines.
  • Communicate with Your Instructors: Never be afraid to ask questions and build good relationships with your teachers.
  • Join a Study Group: This is a great way to socialize with your peers and to learn new material.

What Programs Offer Blended Learning?

At Charter College, we offer a blending learning format for our health care and trades programs that have a hands-on training component. These include:

  • Dental Assisting
  • Medical Assistant
  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Welding
  • HVAC/R

 

If blended learning is the right approach for you, contact Charter College today. Call 888-200-9942 to get started.