Blended Learning: The Best of Both Worlds for Busy Professionals
Charles A. Zona
Plastics Business - May 23, 2013
Busy scientists and technicians always are seeking new ways to make the best use of their time. When it comes to pursuing specialized education, it makes sense that blended learning programs are becoming a popular choice.
Blended learning – an approach that combines online education with in-person classroom time – is on the rise in today's education market because it allows students to establish a solid base of knowledge on new concepts before coming to class. Then, when they begin the hands-on portion of the course, they're able to take full advantage of laboratory time with expert teachers and high-tech instrumentation.
"Professionals tend to find that blended learning is easier to fit into their schedule than traditional classroom-only education," said Tom Van Howe, Jr., an instructor with the Hooke College of Applied Sciences in Westmont, IL. "Students can complete the web-based modules on their own time so that they can best utilize their time in the teaching lab."