Blended, online and in-person learning: What’s the difference?
In a world still coming to terms with Covid-19, current and aspiring international students have shown a willingness to adapt and chase their study goals.
Institutions have responded quickly to allay fears and uncertainty. In fact, concepts like blended learning - essentially a mix of online and face-to-face learning - have been introduced by multiple institutions and it’s proven to be a unique solution.
However, some students may be confused with various study terms - blended learning, face-to-face teaching and online learning - so, which is what?
To that, we’ve broken them down for you.
Online learning is all about relying on the internet to gain and pick up knowledge. There is no face-to-face interaction and all lessons, tutorials and materials, among others, are communicated and given through virtual platforms.
Full online learning does not require students to be present at university premises, and if it’s an overseas institution, you are not required to travel to the country. You’ll still be getting your degree or certificate, just not the experience that comes with studying and living abroad.
As the name suggests, face-to-face learning involves the in-person interaction between student and teacher, for example, within a lecture theatre.
This form of information and knowledge exchange has, in a traditional sense, been the norm throughout one’s education journey. The emergence of Covid-19 has posed a challenge to such a physical exchange, requiring an effective solution to help students continue their learning - which in this case, brings us back to the concept of blended learning.
In short, blended learning is a mix of both online and face-to-face learning, now offered by multiple institutions across the likes of Canada, Ireland and the UK.
The UK even offers other benefits for international students, such as the two-year Graduate Route for students who graduate from an approved UK Higher Education provider.
With blended learning, students get to study online in their home country first before flying over to their destination of choice, or, to actually get to do both concurrently especially in the UK, Canada and Ireland as the borders for these countries are open.
This prevents disruption to, among others, one’s current degree program or plans to pursue an overseas degree in the near future.
While institutions may offer its own set of tailored curriculum and regulations surrounding blended learning, the ensuing goal is a common one: To facilitate one’s academic progress while travel restrictions and lockdowns (in varying degrees) are in place.
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