Blended Learning Allows Teachers to Individualize Instruction

Source: Scientific American, Aug 2013

In this “blended learning” reality, the professors’ role is moved up the value chain.

Rather than spending the bulk of their time lecturing, writing exams and grading them, they can now interact with their students. Rather than enforcing a sit-and-listen passivity, teachers will mentor and challenge their students to take control of their own learning—the most important skill of all.

Yes, for a motivated student in an impoverished part of the world, these virtual tools—assuming we can overcome accessibility issues—may facilitate most of their learning. In the developed world, the best experience will be to leverage the online tools so that the physical time can be less passive and more, well, human.


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