Advantages of blended learning
The increasing demand for online studies as a result of combining one’s studies with work, and the Covid-19 pandemic led to significant changes in the educational processes, as the needs and abilities of the prospective candidates had considerably changed. In addition, the recent changes on the job market also had a profound impact on the candidates’ career choices.
While online teaching has become indispensable, UNG has identified a high potential of blended learning and mixed study programmes, that is combining the traditional teaching approaches by teaching practically-oriented activities in situ with a considerable amount of distance-teaching support.
While the main advantage of teaching practical activities in-situ is giving the graduates the necessary practical experience and helping them develop their social skills, while, on the other hand, distance learning offers the candidates a high level of individually tailored modes of study and more affordable study options.
The main advantages of distance-learning are:
- high flexibility of the study process (individual adaptations in terms of time and place and following the study process from one own’s comfort zone, the possibility of watching the recorded lectures at any time);
- lower costs related to studies, as you spend less money on accommodation and transport;
- fewer health-related risks (studying while staying at home during the periods posing possible health risks, easier inclusion of special needs students who need considerable adjustments, mothers-to-be etc.)
- easier access to study materials, as they are all available online;
- higher motivation for studying and more efficient acquiring of knowledge thanks to the tailored modes of study and learning speed;
- a higher level of independence and responsibility of students (eg. less nerves before presenting and asking questions in a remote mode, advance preparation of worksheets etc.);
- easier networking (yet taking part in a distant-learning process itself demands faster and more frequent networking, so the students become more skilled in networking; in case of networking it is easier for external partners such as cooperating businesses (potential employers of future UNG graduates) to take part in the educational process;
- development of digital competences and written commuication skills.