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Section 5. Teaching and learning approaches for blended learning

Key challenges

There are some key challenges to overcome in offering flexible and blended learning models. These include:

  • incorporating opportunities for group work, which has been identified as important in successful LLN learning;
  • teaching topic areas such as text focus writing, speaking and listening and understanding and problem-solving in numeracy within a blended learning model;
  • balancing flexible pace and personalisation with the benefits of peer support and group interaction;
  • developing e-learning materials that are appropriately contextualised;
  • the practicalities of offering remote support, for example by phone or email.

Providers are responding to these challenges in a number of ways.

Northern College has explored collaborative ways of using ICT and has developed an online journal to encourage learner reflection.  

Wirral Metropolitan Collegehas produced a contextualised literacy course for NHS staff. The learning materials were uploaded at weekly intervals to ensure learners worked in sequence and could support each other.

Longden Training has incorporated both group teaching sessions, a ‘team challenge’ and ‘self-teach takeaways’ skills practice, which are provided on memory sticks, into their blended numeracy model for staff in schools.

See the full report on Developing Models of flexible delivery for Skills for Life provision here.

See also the case studies from a range of sectors and settings in section 8.