The term blended learning is generally applied to the practice that combines the best of both online learning and in-person learning. Blended-learning course requires the right training mixture and supplemental dose of offline solutions. Students might attend a class taught by a teacher in a traditional classroom setting, while also independently completing online components of the course outside of the classroom. In this case, in-class time may be either replaced or supplemented by online learning experiences, and students would learn about the same topics online as they do in class—i.e., the online and in-person learning experiences would parallel and complement one another.
There is a general consensus among education innovators that blended learning has three primary components:
• In-person classroom activities facilitated by a trained educator.
• Online learning materials, often including pre-recorded lectures given by that same instructor.
• Structured independent study time guided by the material in the lectures and skills developed during the classroom experience.