Blended Learning is a training method that is a mixture of the effectiveness of classroom, instructor-led training and the unbeatable convenience of online training. Be it huge multi-national corporations or IT institutes, blended learning for technology has become the favorite method of delivering training. The engagement, effectiveness, cost-friendliness and convenience has been proven over and over again – regardless of what technology training is been given. When done right, the results are overwhelmingly positive!
Today, technological implementation in study is something students experience at a very young age, at least in urban areas. Therefore, using technology for advanced studies is not going to be an alien thing for them. When it comes to technology training, it is inevitable that technology backed methods are implemented in the course. Even classroom training of technology includes some online processes like mock tests taken online, video recordings of some parts of the course for reference, lab practice, and in some cases, access to course material, all uploaded on an online portal. With this already in place, blended learning can only be the logical next step.
The dependency on the internet has been constantly increasing in recent times, and with increase of internet access across even rural areas, the trend is only set to grow. The Indian Government pointed out that 60% of the free internet available in railway stations across the country were accessed by students looking specifically for education-related information. There is certainly a sign here! The student community is comfortable with use of internet – even in 2 tier and 3-tier cities/towns. Students often have to travel from their home towns to larger cities looking for job-ready IT courses, their hearts aspiring for IT jobs. This makes it expensive for them as moving to a city includes so much more than just the course fees. Again, blended learning solution is the answer to the internet age.
Basic Concepts of Blended Programming Courses
Programming language concepts can be easily demonstrated in a blended learning environment as opposed to a classroom environment. This is because the instructor has the facility to immediately demonstrate the concepts that he explains in the live labs that students can also access and immediately try out in the way of assignments. This helps with better retention amongst students. In a classroom environment, the instructor often has to wait for a ‘Practicals lab’ period in order to showcase what he or she was teaching earlier. This also leads to wastage of time as a revisiting of concepts is necessary.
The concepts of Blended Programming Courses include:
- Structuring of programming courses by combining offline and online components.
- Incorporation of diverse modern and traditional technologies and methodologies
- Providing lessons over live interactive, instructor-led sessions
- Properly defining the course scenario as per, and always being able to adjust to realistic conditions.
- Provision for active interaction between students and instructor throughout the course.
Courses Implementation and Development
A knowledge base is developed for a blended learning programming course. The course material and even teaching material that are developed in order to provide a basis for any level of programming knowledge of the course participants, covering all basic concepts to explanation of best practices and application uses.
At IIHT, a special expert team is engaged in development of knowledge base that includes reviewers, programmers and experts in the specific programming language, language instructors, graphic designers, cloud lab engineers and educators. This gives programming modules in the blended learning courses a thorough approach to training. Want to experience a world class blended learning programming course environment? Get in touch here: http://www.programmingstack.iiht.com/