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5 Tips For Creating an Engaging Blended Learning Experience

The pandemic has forced European universities and higher education institutions to fundamentally reconsider the way they deliver learning. The roughly 2700 higher education institutions across Europe have had to adapt quickly to find a way to support the 20 million students that could no longer study and socialise on campus in the same way as before.

The way forward looks to be the creation of hybrid, blended learning environments, with some students present and socially distanced, where possible, supported by online e-learning. For many institutions, this path was already one being followed but it has been radically accelerated by the pandemic.

Research shows there are benefits to a blended learning approach. On average, students retain 25-60%1 more material when learning online compared to only 8-10% in a classroom. This is mostly due to the students being able to learn faster online; e-learning requires 40-60% less time to learn2 than in a traditional classroom setting because students can learn at their own pace, going back and re-reading, skipping, or accelerating through concepts as they wish.

As higher education institutions continue to transform traditional classrooms and lecture theatres to those that accommodate the virtual and blended learning experience, choosing the right technology is an important foundation to a successful transition.

From interactive projectors and touch displays to PTZ cameras, Panasonic’s AV solutions are being used to capture and share class materials in ways that students can digest whether learning from home or the classroom. With crisp audio and visual capabilities, the virtual classroom can be as dynamic a learning experience as ever, helping students feel connected and engaged to their teachers and professors.

To learn how to maximise virtual learning, take a look at our five tips for creating engaging and rewarding learning experiences with technology:

Implement Hybrid Learning

Educational institutions have needed to quickly move to an online format. Choosing technology that allows synchronous learning, recording and sharing of lectures provides the best flexibility. With the right technology, teams can research and present in more engaging ways.

Use facial recognition software

Students cannot concentrate on learning if they are struggling to focus on the teacher or the presentation content cannot be clearly seen. With Panasonic’s Lecture Capture system, the camera uses facial recognition technology to track movement, so no more guessing and frustration.

Use Real-time annotation

Lecturers often update displayed materials during a session. By combining Panasonic displays and projectors, they can simply use a touch screen, interactive display to make changes or annotations, which updates the materials in real-time. This always ensures that students in the room or watching remotely have the latest version at all times.

Build-in collaboration opportunities

Through working together, students develop a deeper understanding of the material and learn the interpersonal skills key for career success. Interactive touchscreen displays with whiteboard functionality are ideal for collaboration and learning environments. Using a laser projector that switches between display and whiteboard mode as well as presentation systems can also improve collaboration and sharing.

Create an immersive experience

Students improve retention and engagement when the lecturer engages their senses and provides detailed images. Look for technology that connects multiple sources, such as a document camera to a high-quality 4K auditorium projector. By combining video technology with wall displays, students, wherever they are located, can feel a part of the experience.

To learn how Panasonic can partner with your institution to engage students, visit: