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Advantages and Challenges for Blended (Hybrid) Courses

Advantages

  • This format can help keep your schedule flexible with reduced meeting times
  • Course components are online and can be accessed from anywhere
  • There is a moderate level of real-time social interaction
  • Students receive regular face-to-face time with an instructor
  • You can generally take courses from multiple schools at once
  • You can enhance your computer skills
  • There are reduced commuting costs (save money on gas)

Challenges

  • You need a fairly strong level of self-motivation and self-discipline
  • A computer with internet access is needed (can be a significant cost)
  • Having scheduled sessions on campus may be less-flexible
  • Online components require excellent writing skills
  • You already need to have mastered basic computer skills, including word processing, Internet browsers and e-mail softwares

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