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Blended Learning

Blended Learning – School on Your Schedule

Being tied to a physical environment for your professional education is a thing of the past. A new mode of study is now available at Brighton: blended learning!

What is Blended Learning?

A course or program that contains blended learning includes some instruction and learning activities that take place in the classroom, and some that take place online. This distribution gives you the freedom to complete part of your coursework remotely and on your own time, and the rest in periodic and intensive learning sessions with your instructor on campus. Combining the flexibility of online courses with the attentiveness of traditional classroom instruction, blended learning provides accessible, quality education for students of all ages and backgrounds.

Important terminologies:

Face-to-face (F2F): This is a traditional mode of delivery in which students and instructors meet each other on campus on a regular basis.

Fully online: In this mode of study, students and instructors are separated by distance. They communicate with each other using computer technology. There are two methods of communication: synchronous and asynchronous communication. Synchronous communication means that both instructors and students are online at the same time using video conference software. Asynchronous communication means that students and instructors are not required to be online at the same time, but participate in the course at their own convenience using an online Learning Management System (LMS). Thus, the asynchronous mode allows for a significant degree of flexibility as to when and where you learn.

Blended learning (or hybrid learning): This a combined approach of both online and F2F learning. Students will attend the F2F meetings while also completing online activities in between sessions. This study mode is also referred to as ‘Hybrid Learning.’

Advantages of Blended Learning

While results are non-definitive, research has shown that blended learning offers some distinct benefits for busy students when compared to either fully face-to-face or fully online courses. In a blended learning setting, students are given the independence to complete a significant portion of their work on their own schedule, and the opportunity to participate in an intermittent, highly interactive classroom environment where they can take advantage of peer and instructor interaction and discussion. Time in the classroom will be maximized for these benefits, focusing on group discussion and collaboration in order to facilitate our students’ development of the crucial teamwork skills required by today’s job market.

Blended Learning at Brighton

At Brighton College, we strive to take an innovative and high-quality approach to providing our students with flexible and contemporary professional education. Therefore, over the past few years, Brighton has researched and implemented the most appropriate learning systems and curriculum quality frameworks  to bring blended learning to our students via an optimal combination of online and face-to-face learning.

To achieve our mission, all programs aim to meet the standards set by ‘Quality Matters’ www.qualitymatters.org, the North American quality standard for online learning.

International Trade Certificate – Blended

Brighton’s International Certificate is the first program to be offered in the blended format. Students can now complete the program at a full-time pace, with the on-campus hour requirements of a part time program. Face-to-face classes are offered evenings and weekends, with online learning taking place at your own pace in-between the scheduled class times.

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