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Student Engagement with Blended Learning: 9 Unique Ideas

Student Engagement with Blended Learning: 9 Unique Ideas
There are many different ways to engage students, and one of those ways is through blended learning options. By using blended learning ideas in the classroom, students often learn more easily because they are interested in the activities and the knowledge. Presenting information to students the right way can be the key to seeing them develop a higher level of interest for anything they need to learn. Here are nine ways to achieve meaningful student engagement with blended learning. Help Students See the Relevance of the Work When students don’t see the point of what they are asked to do, they are far less likely to do it. Collaborate and Problem-Solve During Class Meetings Because blended learning incorporates face-to-face and online learning options, students have an opportunity to do things on their own and also to work with their instructor and the other students in the class. Mobile Learning Tools Should Always be Available Avoid “Busy Work” by Meeting Individual Student Needs

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