The Preferred Education and Training Method
CHS Hotel School is the first Hotel School in South Africa to fully implement Blended Learning since 2017. This includes a blend of classroom, online, and practical tuition. The prescribed balance of work integrated learning and theory has been fine-tuned to form our learners efficiently and effectively into multi-skilled employees.
What Is Blended Learning
Blended learning represents a learning model that combines both formal (traditional classroom) and non-formal (online courses) methodologies; the latest in e-learning.
Blended learning represents a model that integrates technology to boost learning and deliver impact. Easy access to learning material and resources plus regular reports on the engagement of the learner and knowledge test results, ensure that the facilitator, the learner, and/or their sponsor stay informed of the learner’s progress. Is this not too much info?
During a crisis such as the Corona pandemic, resulting in the nationwide lockdown, the blended learning system has allowed our learners to continue their studies remotely and keep abreast of their curriculum.
Benefits of Blended Learning
Increases learner interest:
When technology is integrated into learning material, learners are more likely to be interested in, focused on, and excited about the subjects they are studying; especially subjects that might be monotonous for some — like food costing, while also increasing information retention.
Keeps learners focused for longer:
The use of computers to search for information and data is a tremendous lifesaver, combined with access to resources such as the internet to conduct research. This engagement and interaction with the resources, keep learners focused for longer periods than using textbooks or paper resources; it also helps develop learning through exploration and research.
Provides learner autonomy:
The use of eLearning materials increases the ability of learners to set appropriate learning goals and take charge of their own learning, which develops an ability that will be translatable across all subjects.
Instills a disposition of self-advocacy:
Learners become self-driven and responsible, tracking their individual achievements; empowers them to find the resources or get the help they need. Self-advocacy helps to empower you, to speak up for yourself and make decisions about your life.
Promotes learner ownership:
Blended learning instils a sense of "learner ownership over learning" which can be a powerful force propelling the learning; it is this feeling of responsibility that promotes the feeling of ownership.
Allows instant distinctive information and learner feedback:
The ability to rapidly analyse, review and give feedback on the work of the learner, empowers facilitators to tailor their teaching methods and feedback for each learner, improving productivity.
Enables learners to learn at their own pace:
Due to the flexibility of blended learning and the ability to access internet resources, it allows learners to learn at their own pace; therefore, facilitators can help speed up the learning process or give more advanced resources if necessary.
Prepares learners for the future:
Blended learning offers a multitude of real-world skills, that directly translate into the following life skills:
- Research skills.
- Helps to develop a "self-driving force".
- Better decision making.
- A larger sense of responsibility.
- Computer literacy
By incorporating technology into classroom instruction, facilitators are freed up to reach more learners. Facilitators can move within the stations or activities to interact with an individual or small groups of learners and check on progress. Data provided by educational technology programmes also empowers facilitators with insights on each learner's learning so they can more effectively address gaps.
Contributes to a greener economy:
Saving large amounts of photocopying and paper wastage, blended learning contributes to a resource-efficient growth path resulting in a greener economy.
All the advantages of blended learning that have been mentioned above, make existing systems look outdated and old-fashioned. To improve information retention, engagement and teaching, blended learning is more important than ever, regardless of the industry. These advantages apply to learning institutions as well as corporations upskilling their workforce.
CHS uses an application that allows us to monitor and assist our learners with their online studies. We interpret the data provided by the system to allow us to see how learners are doing compared to their peers as well as monitor individual performance. By using this data, we can assist learners on an individual level in a specific section of their work where we identify they struggle or are falling behind in relation to the average pace of the group.
The pie graph demonstrates a learner's engagement on the application which gives us an average of the amount of time they spent on the application.
Below is an example of a monthly segment for a group of learners and how active they are on the application each day.
Below is a time sample of what time of the day learners are on the application- this allows us to monitor remotely if learners are still on track with their scheduled study times.