Blended Learning combines face to face interaction with online activities.
In the past, online materials served a supplementary role, helping to support face to face instruction. For example, a blended approach to a traditional, face to face course might mean that the class meets once per week instead of the usual three-session format. Learning activities that otherwise would have taken place during classroom time can be moved online.
Blended learning joins the best aspects of both face to face and online instruction. Classroom time can be used to engage students in advanced interactive experiences. Meanwhile, the online portion of the course can provide students with multimedia-rich content at any time of day, anywhere the student has internet access, at work, the coffee shop, or at home.
One big advantage is the ability to maximise face to face interaction, by ensuring all students have the requisite theory before joining in practical sessions.