How Blended Learning Will Accelerate Access to Quality Education

Peter BarakaOpinion, UncategorizedLeave a Comment

School closures over the past months have exposed how countries in developing economies have a long way to go in terms of providing quality education to their students outside of a classroom setting.

Learners have found it difficult to continue with their education while at home. Why? Lack of access to revision materials, loss of learning interest, distractions that come with internet access and lack of proper follow up by parents/ guardians while students are home.

With partial learning resuming for learners in class 8 and form 4 in Kenya, there needs to be a structured and clear way of helping students who have been out of school for the major part of the year get back to where they had left before the pandemic hit the country.

Blended learning which involves the use of online learning and traditional classroom methods can go a long way in helping students to catch up with their studies.

This mode of learning reinforces the aspect of personalized learning by combining the best aspects of in-person teaching with technology-based e-learning methods. Learners are able to work at their own pace, thus understanding everything before moving on to the next lesson.

Learners are also able to get support anytime anywhere and this makes it easy for them to continue learning without disruptions.

It is important to note that blended learning does not aim to replace traditional teaching methods but to supplement it. Blended learning is complementary and creates an integrated learning experience for learners to succeed.

Therefore it is crucial for all parties involved to come together and formulate new learning policies to help millions of learners that have been affected by Covid19. Blended learning is one of the new methods that will go a long way to getting our students back on track.

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