Blended learning, how do you know if it's meant for you?

Published on 02 September 2019

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"Hybrid teaching", "blended learning"... When you are looking for technical training, you quickly find yourself overwhelmed by all these terms. Everyone seems to be following the trend, yet this learning method is still quite confusing and its implementation varies from one training institution to another.

For us at the Wild Code School, "blended learning" is above all an innovative learning logic adapted to today's world... the "wild" touch in addition ;)

Today we will help you project yourself into hybrid learning so that you can decide if this style is right for you!

Let's clarify once and for all what hybrid learning is

The concept of "blended learning", as applied to the Wild Code School, is not limited to a mix between face-to-face learning and remote e-learning (even if this is the basis of our programmes).

Our mixed training courses combine several formats:

  • face-to-face: as opposed to remote learning, the classroom allows students and mentors to meet each other.
  • remote learning: through e-learning modules on an online community platform (ex: our Odyssey platform) but also through online tutorial videos or with the correction of other remote students' work.
  • and informal: through collaborative tools (Slack, forums, blogs...) or field learning with other students or mentors (meeting professionals, dojo, live coding, meeting with companies...)

Why is it beneficial to you?

You are free during your training courses

More flexibility in scheduling: you are less dependent on the mentor’s or school's timings. More flexibility in terms of travel: you can continue to work from home (or elsewhere) on the remote part.

You gain in autonomy

You are autonomous in learning, which allows you to progress at your own pace (without being rushed or slowed down by the rest of the group)

You experience the real conditions of a professional environment

Your trainer is a bit like your project manager. That is to say, it comes at key moments to help your team move forward on your common project (and not just a teacher who directly gives the solution to a problem).

You develop your technical AND personal / relational skills

Through peer learning, group work, or projects with real clients, you learn to interact and communicate effectively. You will therefore be able to develop your soft skills (essential on a professional level) in front of a recruiter.

You have the support of your colleagues (it's a real plus:)

No one is left behind, everyone supports each other. The training is an intense period but being part of a cohesive promo/family helps to hold on (it's more difficult in pure e-learning)

Your trainer adapts to your needs

You benefit from a personalised coaching since the trainer can take a moment with each student and follow their progress.

And to learn a digital profession, is that good?

The "remote" aspect is interesting because it allows the use of online platforms. At the Wild Code School, you work on our Odyssey platform from which you access exercises called "quests". All Wilders are on Odyssey, it's a community learning tool. To complete a quest, you must have three corrections from three other students. Let me explain ;) For example, when you learn to code, you write code yourself, but learning also involves a lot of code reading. You will almost learn more by reading other people's code. On Odyssey, we push the Wilders to exchange with each other and correct each other. There are no longer any geographical barriers, the code is a universal language, no matter the country of origin, everyone understands each other.

On the "face-to-face" side, meeting regularly with your group also has its teaching advantages: the best way to find out if a student has understood a notion is to ask him/her to simplify it and explain to others what he/she has done. Simplifying a notion is an integral part of learning these skills. The motivation to present a concept you have just learned requires you to absorb information in a different way AND to anticipate your classmates' questions. You will therefore seek to understand as much as possible and seek more resources than if you were learning only for yourself.

The informal aspect, since it is by making mistakes that we learn. At the Wild Code School, the trainer is there as a safety net. A developer or data analyst can afford to learn by failure, you are not building houses, you have the right to make mistakes when starting.

How has hybrid learning become THE reference for training methods in
digital professions?

To understand, one only needs to look at the current context: With digital advances, our lives are constantly changing, and with them the way we work and learn. Everything is speeding up, we are constantly exchanging, we are connected to the world 24/7, new technologies are constantly emerging, and our way of using them is also changing every day.

We are ultimately spending our time adapting to all these changes.

In terms of training, it is the same, the tools and techniques evolve so quickly that it becomes almost impossible to anticipate what the key concepts to learn in 3 months time will be. To train sustainable digital professionals, it is therefore necessary to learn the basics of a profession, but also to be able to adapt to the evolutions of this same profession.

Today, blended learning makes it possible to acquire these two levels of learning: knowledge and flexibility that facilitates adaptation to a constantly changing environment.

So, is this for you?

"YES it's clearly for me!" I APPLY

"Maybe, I'd like to know more." MORE INFORMATION