While exploring your college options, you may have come across blended learning programs. These kinds of programs can provide a convenient and efficient way to learn new concepts and develop new skills. Blended learning is available for a wide range of majors and degree programs at many schools. Learning more about how this type of hybrid learning works and how it might benefit you can help you decide if it’s a good option to consider in your situation.

What Is Blended Learning?

Blended learning offers a hybrid approach to learning that includes traditional classroom teaching and online coursework. Instead of attending all your classes in-person, for example, you might only go to an in-person class a few times per week. At other times, you might have online instruction rather than in-person instruction. This type of learning can make it easier for you to learn at your own pace while also benefiting from traditional classroom instruction.

Keep in mind that hybrid learning doesn’t involve leaving students on their own to figure out online class material or coursework. In a blended learning environment, traditional classroom teaching methods and the use of digital or online technology are designed to complement each other to create an enriching and well-rounded learning experience.

This type of learning can also be used in other settings, such as corporate settings for training employees. Different approaches to hybrid learning might be needed, depending on the setting it’s being used in, such as a school or a workplace.

What Is the Blended Learning Approach?

Blended learning does not take a one-size-fits-all approach to learning. Instead, different learning models can be used to help students learn new material and skills. The blended learning model you might encounter will depend on the school you go to, but it’s helpful to have an overview of these different approaches.

Learning Models

What kinds of learning models are used with blended learning? While schools and other settings can customize a learning model to fit their needs, there are some general types that are used.

Flipped Model

The flipped model makes traditional classroom learning a priority rather than balancing classroom learning and the use of online tools. This approach can help teachers or trainers make the most of in-person class time to ensure students receive quality instruction. With a flipped model, students often receive learning materials ahead of time. This allows them to look over the materials to get an idea of what they’ll be learning. Classroom time then focuses on actively teaching this material to students and leaving room for any questions they might have about it.


A face-to-face learning model places a heavy emphasis on classroom instruction. Students attend classes in person and have access to supplemental tools and technology to help them understand material better as needed. This approach provides opportunities for students to receive feedback from instructors and practice what they’re learning through hands-on activities.

Online Driver

In some cases, blended learning doesn’t involve attending classes in person. Instead, students attend classes virtually while still being able to interact with instructors as needed, such as asking questions through a chat or message board. During these classes, students may also have access to tools or digital media as part of the learning process. They also typically have assignments to complete online.


With this learning model, students complete different learning activities in labs or at learning stations. This can take place in-person during scheduled sessions or be done online at a student’s own pace. In some cases, rotation includes a flipped approach where students work on lessons or go over them before going to class in person.


A self-blend approach focuses on giving students more control over how and when they learn. Students receive access to supplemental materials to help them understand what they’re learning, such as video tutorials or webinars with instructors. This approach works best for students who are self-motivated and need greater flexibility when it comes to classes and coursework.

Flex Learning

Flex learning allows students to choose what to learn during their program using learning management systems. Instructors provide help as needed or act as mentors to these students. Flex learning gives students the opportunity to decide how and when to learn class material.

What Is Blended Learning in Schools?

Blended learning in schools includes some classes that are taught in person and the use of tools and technologies to help students learn. Some of the tools and technologies that are used in schools include adaptive learning platforms, videos, tablets and smartphones, and learning management systems. Video is among the more commonly used digital tools in colleges that offer blended learning.

Benefits of Blended Learning at CHCP

The College of Health Care Professions (CHCP) offers blended learning for students in some programs, such as the healthcare certificate programs. This type of program can sometimes be completed in a shorter amount of time than a fully traditional on-campus program. For example, you might be able to earn your certificate in as few as 36 weeks. This helps speed up the learning process while also providing the opportunity to prepare yourself for a career in your chosen field.

Our blended learning approach includes in-person lectures, where you have the ability to ask your instructor questions on the spot about any material or assignments you don’t understand. This allows you to get help faster without having to submit your question online and wait for a response. During these classes, you’ll also have a chance to meet fellow students in person.

Blended learning at CHCP can also provide you with more convenience than traditional learning alone. In many of these programs, you are only required to attend class in person twice a week. This makes it easier to fit classes into your schedule if you have a job, a family, or other responsibilities. You’ll also spend less time commuting to and from campus, giving you more time to focus on schoolwork or studying for tests.

The online portion of our blended learning programs helps you go through coursework at your own pace as long as you meet the due dates. You can also leverage online simulation videos and other digital tools to help you understand the material or concepts you’re learning.

If you would like more detailed information on blended learning or our degree or certificate programs, please contact CHCP. We can provide you with additional information on our blended learning approach and help you find a degree or certificate program that best fits your learning interests and career goals.