January 19, 2018
Sometimes referred to as "hybrid learning," blended learning combines the traditional classroom with online instruction. VanEd now offers a blended learning program called Fusion that provides the hands-on expertise of an in-person tutor with the convenience of an online environment.
Both students and instructors have their own particular styles of learning and teaching. Effective blended learning is a “best of both worlds” solution that can allow an instructor cater to all learning styles, through a variety of learning modalities and training techniques. Digital resources are updated more readily than textbooks, providing students and instructors with up-to-date information, as well as a wide variety of resource material. Webinars, videos, interactive games and Q&A with instructors are all important aspects of an online educational program.
In the blended classroom, the instructor clarifies difficult concepts, answers student questions, and individualizes instruction as needed. Students have the ability to track their progress online and self-pacing reduces stress, increases satisfaction, and aids information retention. When students attend the face-to-face class, they are prepared with questions and gain understanding of the more difficult content and concepts.
In real estate today, agents and brokers are increasingly expected to have a strong technology skillset. One aspect often overlooked in real estate classroom programs is the importance of being comfortable with technology – including online websites and apps. Competency and proficiency with online learning can be a great benefit of a blended learning model for real estate education students. How to click on a link, to scroll down a page, to save written work, to navigate a website, and to use tab browsing are only a few of the skills needed for online learning. Blended learning provides a safe and non-judgmental environment, especially for older adults, in which to learn some of the basic technology skills needed for a real estate career.
The growth of digital media and the Internet has led to an explosion of resources and opportunities for real estate instructors. A shift is occurring in real estate education using mobile apps, video podcasts, social media tools, e-learning courses, and learning management systems, all of which help VanEd instructors to create and organize course work, provide real-time feedback, and communicate more efficiently. VanEd’s Fusion learning program has all of the benefits of a classroom program with the flexibility of online learning.
Renee Macdonald, Sales & Affiliate Manager – Renee built her 25 year career in a variety of roles in the real estate industry, where not only did she sell residential and commercial real estate, but she also was a residential leasing agent, seasonal guest service concierge, and listing guru. At Van Education Center (VanEd), Renee continues to wear many hats, answering daily questions from brokers via phone and email while also managing the VanEd affiliate and Fusion classroom programs for associations and brokerages throughout the country.
The students who register for a combination of real estate online study and classroom do very well on the state licensing exam and pass on the first try! If you have would like to learn more about VanEd’s Fusion blended learning program, contact Renee at 303-327-8055 or renee@VanEd.com. To find a Fusion classroom near you, go to www.vaned.com/blended.