What is blended learning?

Blended learning (otherwise known as mixed-mode learning or hybrid learning), involves a combination of both on-campus and online learning. This essentially means that students get the best of both worlds: a certain amount of control over where and speed at which they study combined with regular, face-to-face contact with a tutor.

Blended learning is ideal for those who have responsibilities, but still want to benefit from learning alongside others in an academic environment. When it comes to blended learning models, there are no set rules; some may have students attend classes in person five days a week on alternate weeks, others may require attendance for only several hours per week. At Arden our blended degree programmes offer 2-3 days per week on campus, whilst our postgraduate programmes are even more flexible with one campus session per fortnight.

Arden’s blended learning courses allow you to interact with your peers during seminars and receive progress reviews from your tutors. When you’re not on campus, you can use our virtual classroom to extend your knowledge beyond what you learnt in class, and work on assignments when it suits you best.

Here are just several advantages of blended learning:

  • The balance between managing your own schedule and attending tutor-led sessions allows you to become accustomed to independent learning at a steady speed.
  • You have the opportunity to broaden your knowledge in class discussions with teachers and fellow students.
  • You will become a part of a community, meeting likeminded people with similar ambitions to yours, as well as being part of an online network.
  • You can learn at your own pace, using on-campus sessions to ask questions about the content you have covered independently at home and clarify anything you haven’t understood.
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Considering part-time study or need a little more structure? Our campus-based blended learning gives you all of the same great support and innovative online learning access, with the addition of regular, structured face to face seminars. Blended study is ideal if you want the campus experience or structure that comes with traditional face-to face teaching, but can’t fit in the full time commitment.

Our ground breaking ‘compressed blended’ model enables you to complete full three-year degree, with just 2 days face to face commitment per week in one of our study centres. Or there's our degree top-up - if you enrol this February you could get your BA (Hons) in Healthcare or Business by September 2017.

Interact with your peers and tutors for seminars, discussions and progress reviews on your study days on campus. Then use our always-on virtual classroom to progress your learning and work through assignments whenever and wherever it suits you. Have a burning question outside of your regular class? Don’t worry, you will still have access to your tutors and support team by email and phone.

So you can work, look after your family life or let your social life flourish, without missing out on that degree you’ve always wanted.

Arden blended degrees really are the best of both worlds – find out more here.

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What is blended learning?

This new way of learning and studying provides the best of face-to-face and online learning. You attend regular classroom sessions on campus with other students and the rest of the time you access materials and resources such as tutorials, lessons and exercises online, working at your own pace. You upload coursework and assignments to a secure online zone with easy access to a tutor via Skype, email, webchat or phone. Our blended learning model enables you to complete a full three-year degree, with just 2 days face to face commitment per week in one of our London study centres. Find out more here.

Do I need a computer?

You’ll need a connected device to access and download learning materials. Ideally this will be a computer, but you can also access ilearn through many different devices such as mobile phones, tablets and laptops, or your local library may have resources you can use. Additionally if you choose to study at one of our London study centres you will have access to their computer rooms. Go to our Study Centre page for more information.

I work full time and have a family. Can I still study?

Online learning is all about flexibility. We believe everybody should have access to higher education, no matter what his or her circumstance. You can study from as little as eight hours per week depending on your course and you can study at your own pace. With so many ways to access your learning resources, be it by laptop, phone or tablet, you can fit study around your life.

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