Redefining Blended Learning
There are many definitions of blended learning; the spectrum can range from face-to-face training to fully online or anywhere in between (Academy School District 20, 2013). Definitions of blended learning vary mainly due to the emerging state of the distance education field.
- Technology-rich instruction is the same as traditional instruction, but it has digital enhancements such as electronic whiteboards, digital textbooks, Internet tools, Google docs, and homework that is posted online.
- The face-to-face teacher still guides and controls content delivery.
- Blended learning is a program in which a student learns at least in part through online learning with some element of student control over time, place, path, and/or pace and at least in part at a supervised brick-and-mortar location away from home.
- The modalities along each student’s learning path within a course or subject are connected to provide an integrated learning experience.
The 4 Elements of Blended Learning
- Face-to-face learning, part of the learning must be face to face. Traditionally this has been in a brick and mortar building, but during remote learning, it may be via live video meetings.
- Digital Learning, part of the learning must be online or digital. This may be facilitated through a variety of digital channels, including video, text, website, and audio.
- Student Control, Students should have some degree of control over the pace, place, path, and/or time of their learning. This reinforces student ownership and differentiation.
- Integrated Learning, the face-to-face, and digital lesson must be integrated and aligned to common learning goals. The learning should be connected and interdependent.
The Role of Language Labs
- There have been a lot of innovations in the field of language teaching. The problem of providing exposure and practice to the second language learners of English can be addressed in a language laboratory with the use of technology.
- Language labs are audio and audio-visual systems that help students improve their communication skills in the target language with the help of specially designed multimedia materials and practice activities.
Sanako Connect as Online Language Lab
- Sanako Connect is a remote teaching tool for language teachers.
- Connect enables teachers to set up virtual classes for language teaching. Students and teachers access sessions from anywhere using laptops, Chromebooks, or tablets.
- Connect comes with the most common used exercise features like model-imitation, gap-fill exercises, and pairing and grouping the participants for simultaneous discussions making it especially useful for distance language teaching.
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