If someone does have some experience in the software or even similar software, and they are able to move through the early lessons and exercises more quickly, there’s no reason for them not to. The class isn’t what sets the pace. They are.”
Blended learning means combining the two approaches to enable students to get the best from each. “Flipping the classroom” is a popular phrase these days, and it means that rather than giving the students lectures in class, then assigning homework for them to practice on their own, then come back to class to see how they did; the lesson plans now involve asking the students to work on the online courses on their own, and then come to class with their questions.
The instructors at Digital School appreciate how this approach frees them to go deeper than they could before. “Students who don’t have any kind of engineering or mechanical background can now get the basics of those things from me in the class, and then apply them with the software.” says Dr. Rahmatalla. “Before, we wouldn’t have had the time for both, because too much of the class time would have been used simply teaching the basics of the software.”
Brandon Heurter concurs. “The faster students can move ahead on their own, and the students who need more time can come to me in class with questions, as well as working through the lessons on their own, either by taking more time with them, or going through them more than once. With the progress tests at the end of each lesson, and the many hands-on exercises, they have a pretty good idea of when they’ve grasped a topic. And I can always see how they are progressing through the learning management system, as well. No one is going to float along in my class and not learn because they’re too shy to ask for help, that’s for sure. It’s always there for me.
With the blended learning approach, and the GeT Interactive courses, I’m able to make sure everyone in my class is getting both the software skills they need, as well as the practical, real-world applications they’re going to see once they leave the classroom that I can bring to them from my experience. It’s a win-win.”