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Blended learning

Blended learning means that a course mixes learning activities on campus with activities in a digital learning environment (online). Here you can read more about examples of different structures of courses with blended learning at KTH.

What is blended learning?

A course that applies blended learning is a course in which activities are carried out in both the physical and the digital learning environment.

Learning activities can, for example, mean that the students can participate in a seminar or carrying out laboratory work on campus, while also participating in a discussion forum in the Learning Management System Canvas, watching a video, reading an uploaded text or attending a webinar.

Assessment activities also take place in both the digital and physical environment, where a student demonstrates that they have achieved the learning outcomes by, for example, taking a written exam on campus and a self-assessing quiz in Canvas.

Benefits of blended learning

The great advantage of blended learning is that you can better optimise learning environments by creating courses that suit you as a teacher, your course and your students, while using activities in and outside of teaching that are both integrated and complementary.

Advantages with blended learning that are often highlighted:

  • Time can be used in other ways by blending traditional campus teaching with online teaching methods (distance, digital learning objects).
  • Focus on depth-focused learning.
  • The time spent with the students in the classroom can be designed for more interaction.
  • More opportunities for collaboration.
  • Improved time management.

Examples of courses with blended learning environments

There are many different ways to use blended learning in your course. Here are examples of how courses can be set up with blended learning environments. Digital tools can be used, for example, to provide more space to focus on discussions in the classroom or to conduct formative assessment.

Examples of activities in blended learning environments

Course types with different degrees of digital elements

Most courses at KTH have some form of digital component, but there is great variety and it is good to have concepts for different amounts of digital activities. Here you can read about different types of courses.

Course types: different degrees of digital elements