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Importance of blended learning in the era of digital education

Education is quintessentially the core of humanity and the foundation of a prosperous society. Contrary to most common beliefs, education is much more than just learning how to read and write. This is a well-known fact that the need for education has been adequately recognized in the modern world.

While the traditional method of imparting or receiving an education was ample for a pre-digital era, the sudden outburst in technology has affected the education sector significantly, creating an increased demand for more digital-period-specific means of education.

The progression in digital methods for education was imminent even before the unpredictable onset of COVID-19. However, this pandemic consequently redesigned the scenario of education rapidly and made us realize the importance and need for technology in education.

As Covid-19 forced the requirement for social distancing, this outcome hit every sector significantly, which includes education. Students and teachers faced diverse challenges in these difficult times of Covid, giving rise to methods that can help avoid social interaction and at the same time, ensure the continuation of quality education.

Students and educational institutes were forced to adopt distance learning methods like e-learning, virtual classrooms, online repositories, etc.

Blended learning in Covid-19

It is justified to deduce that the integration of information technology in education has been accelerated by the pandemic. This crisis opened gates for opportunities in the education sector for the incorporation of digital methods.

Covid-19 has also proven that integrated learning is very convenient and flexible for both the learners and tutors, which makes it safe to assume that online education will eventually become an integral component of the education system.

Now the pandemic is gradually receding and life is starting to return to normal functioning. However, opportunities like blended learning in the education sector have emerged to ensure a much more practical and convenient learning experience.

Blended learning is a combination of offline and online education which enables students to interact with the instructor, study material, and other students both through physical classroom and online platforms. The idea of blended education makes learning easy and more productive which is why this interpretation of digital learning is promising in the long run and will become the new normal.

According to a Financial Advisor, “Majority Indians prefer a mix of online and in-person training or course. 81% of people in India believe that students can have a good university experience combining in-person and online, hence giving way to blended learning.”

It further adds, “Whereas, 88% of learners globally say online learning will be a permanent part of primary, secondary and higher education moving forward. 87% of Indian students think online learning will be a part of the education experience moving forward. Thus, the blended learning approach will be the norm in the new normal adopted by educators.”