Thinking of creating a blended learning or self-paced class? You’re going to need a lot of resources in various forms. From instructional videos to PDF handouts to PowerPoint presentations, students are going to need to be able to access everything on-demand whenever they need them. Hopefully all from one place.
But wait, I may be getting ahead of myself here. First, let’s discuss a few ways blended and self-paced learning can be used as well as what each one is. Blended learning involves using a combination of in-person and on-line instruction. This method can be used inside class through the use of groups or centers or can be used to deliver content to students outside of the classroom.
Self-paced learning happens when students are encouraged to move through the material at the pace that best suits them. Using this method, students are given a variety of materials to help them learn and are encouraged to take as much or as little time as they need before moving on to the next concept. A test or quiz, taken when the student is prepared, is usually used to determine if each student is ready to move on.
Both of these methods can be used at any age, from Kindergarten all the way up through higher education. They can be used for individual subjects or comprehensively for all subjects.
At the K12 level, there are some schools using self-paced learning exclusively, with each student being assigned a computer and tutor time. Other schools have embraced the flipped classroom method, having students watch lessons at home and complete assignments in class as a form of blended learning.
In higher education, blended learning has taken off. Many in-person classes use online lessons and assignments to compliment in-class lessons and work around students’ busy schedules. Other schools are using self-paced classes to help students complete multiple remedial classes in one semester and advance to degree-level classes at a faster pace.
No matter how you choose to approach either of these methods, one thing remains consistent: students will need access to online materials as they move through the course. With a blended learning environment, students will all need access to materials at the same time and in a self-paced class, students will need to be able to access materials at different times as they progress.
Using an LMS, teachers can create a place for students to go when they need materials. With MediaCAST LMS integration, the capability of your LMS can be extended to include the management, tracking, reporting, storage and on-demand delivery of digital media assets.
For ideas on how to use blended learning, check out these 13 ways it is being used in K12 and higher education around the country.
Have you tried blended or self-paced learning with your class?