What is blended learning?
Many educators believe that blended learning is the best solution to today's educational challenges. But what is blended learning? Why is it important? And how is it different from what you’ve done before?
Blended learning can be defined as the mixing of face-to-face teaching and online learning. Students have some choice over where they study (at school, at home or somewhere in between) and when they study (during school hours, in the evening or at weekends). But it is still the teacher who decides the extent of the choice, as well as which elements of the student’s education are completed online and which elements are completed in the class.
With the rise of learning platforms, teachers and students have access to a shared online learning environment that only they can access. This enables the teacher to set up and manage online activities where students can chat, share knowledge, ask questions, access learning resources and complete work online – without the fear of random internet users stumbling across the information.
We have put together a whitepaper that looks at the different models of blended learning, showing examples of how schools are using it to increase student attainment and achievement. It also includes a number of simple techniques using your school's learning platform that you can start with tomorrow.
Downloaded it here: Blended learning and learning platforms: How you can start blended learning tomorrow.
(This version is in English, but translations to Norwegian, Swedish, Dutch, French and German will follow soon.)
Posted on Sun, September 30, 2012
by Øyvind Flatnes