Blended Learning Models: The Benefits of Hybrid Education

In response to the growing demand for alternatives to traditional education models, many colleges now offer hybrid or blended learning courses, which combine online and in-person instruction.

But how exactly does blended learning work? What are the benefits for students like you? And what potential challenges should you be aware of?

In this blog, we discuss the integration of online and in-person elements in education and explore how this hybrid model enhances learning experiences. We cover the benefits of blended learning, provide examples of successful blended learning models, and discuss future trends in hybrid education.

Keep reading to discover how you can navigate and get the most out of this innovative approach to learning.




Blended learning, also called hybrid learning, is an educational approach that mixes online learning activities with traditional classroom methods.

This hybrid learning environment is not just about adding some online stuff on top of regular classes. The ideal blend combines these elements in a way that makes them stronger together.

Online learning can involve things like watching video lectures, doing interactive exercises, or participating in online discussions. And as we all know, in-person learning is when you and your class are in the same physical space, discussing what you learned online, working on projects together, or getting help with challenging concepts.

The key with blended learning is that the online and offline components should complement each other. For example, a teacher might assign a video lecture for students to watch at home that covers the basics of a topic. Then in class, they can delve deeper into the topic through discussions, activities, or problem-solving exercises.

Some hybrid classes might offer an even split of online and on-campus activities, while others might be mostly online except for in-person lab work. Every course is different, so be sure to check.

Girl studying virtual course with remote teacherHybrid classes offer different ratios of online to in-person work



Hybrid education offers a well-rounded experience that leverages the strengths of both online and in-person learning. Here are some of the main hybrid learning advantages for students:

Flexibility: Unlike with a fully in-person program, students have the freedom to arrange their online coursework around their work schedules or other commitments. And unlike with a fully online program, students benefit from the structure and give and take of in-person sessions with their classmates and instructors.

Accessibility: Although students still have to be within reach of campus, blended education models can make learning more accessible for those who face challenges attending school in person every day. This can include students in remote locations, those with health concerns, or those with work or family obligations.

Personalized learning: Hybrid education caters to diverse learning styles. Online components are great for students with busy schedules or those who benefit from revisiting material before moving on in the learning process. At the same time, in-person classes provide opportunities for personalized instruction and clarification from teachers. This blend allows students to learn in a way that best suits their individual needs.

Improved engagement: The variety of learning methods offered by blended learning can make the process more engaging and prevent boredom. Online activities like simulations or interactive quizzes can be a welcome part of remote learning that keeps students interested. On the other hand, in-person interaction with classmates and teachers can provide a sense of community and purpose, fostering motivation and a desire to participate actively.

hybrid educationHybrid courses provide both online and in-person learning benefits



While hybrid education offers plenty of benefits, it also presents several challenges for students. Here are some common hurdles and what you can do to overcome them:

  • Tech troubles: Technology issues like unreliable internet or lack of access to devices can disrupt your learning flow and leave you feeling frustrated.
    • Solution: Talk to your instructor if you run into technical difficulties—most are understanding and can offer alternative ways to complete assignments. If access to tech is an issue, see if your school or local community centre can provide loaner devices and internet hotspots. Take advantage of public libraries and community centres that offer free internet access.


  • Self-directed learning: Many students struggle with the self-directed nature of the online learning portion of hybrid education.
    • Solution: To combat this, engage actively with the material by taking notes, summarizing key points, and asking questions. Use interactive resources and practice quizzes to reinforce your understanding.


  • Feeling lost: If you’re struggling with a concept or assignment, it can be harder to get immediate help from an instructor in a blended learning environment. But don’t be afraid to speak up!
    • Solution: Most online learning platforms have comment sections or discussion boards where you can ask questions for your instructor or classmates to answer. Reach out to your instructor during office hours, whether in-person or virtual. You may also want to form study groups with classmates who excel in certain subjects.


  • Time management: It can be difficult to manage your time effectively between in-person classes, online coursework, and personal commitments.
    • Solution: Develop a daily or weekly schedule that includes time for commuting, attending classes, and completing online work. Use productivity tools and apps like calendars and reminders to keep track of deadlines and tasks.



Below are some successful blended learning examples in Canadian higher education.

Herzing College

Herzing College has implemented blended learning initiatives in a number of programs. For example, the Health Care Aide program combines online lectures with in-person labs. This approach allows students to learn theoretical content through remote learning and develop hands-on, practical skills in person.

Health Care Aide student helping a patient Herzing College Health Care Aide students get hands-on practice with patient care

Herzing also includes internships in most of its programs, even the ones focused on online education. In some cases, students complete their coursework online but then undergo an in-person internship, extending their learning in real-world settings.

Mohawk College

Most courses at Mohawk College are offered in a blended format. In a standard class that is three hours per week, two hours are in-person on campus and the third hour is devoted to online activities like videos, simulations, and online quizzes. This allows for flexibility while maintaining the benefits of in-person interaction and collaboration.

The University of Alberta

The University of Alberta offers several courses that use a blended format. For instance, the Introduction to Human Geography and Planning course features face-to-face lectures and seminars along with online videos and reflective discussion forums.

“Students responded positively to good quality, entertaining, and informative videos. They also appreciated when the professor explained the material in a more unscripted way,” the university noted in a case study.

“Students also highlighted the importance of seeing the instructor’s face when making videos for educational purposes, since this is a way to complement the pedagogical relationship between them and the instructor.”



The future of blended learning looks bright, with several trends expected to gain momentum:

Increased personalization and adaptivity: Look for advancements in educational technology that personalize the learning experience even further. Imagine AI-powered platforms that tailor online models and resources to individual student needs, strengths, and weaknesses. These platforms could track student progress, identify areas requiring additional support, and suggest personalized learning pathways.

Gamification and immersive learning: Blended learning will likely incorporate more game-based elements and immersive technologies to boost engagement. This could involve educational games, simulations, and virtual reality experiences that make learning more interactive and help students apply concepts in a simulated real-world setting.

Micro-credentials and competency-based learning: The focus might shift from simply completing courses to acquiring demonstrable skills. Hybrid education could be used to deliver micro-credentials or badges that validate specific skills or competencies learned through online models and assessed through projects or practical tasks in the classroom.

Blended learning across educational levels: We might see a rise in blended learning programs in higher education, vocational training, and even corporate training programs, allowing for greater flexibility and accessibility for adult learners.



Herzing College understands the importance of flexible learning environments. We offer hybrid options for several programs, including Health Care Aide (Winnipeg), Computer Graphic Design (Toronto), and Medical Office Administrator (Toronto).

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