Just what is Blended Learning? Blended Learning – Hybrid Learning – Flipping the Classroom – Mixed-Mode Classrooms – Web-Enhanced Instruction – Technology-Mediated Instruction…all of these terms and more are used to reference the growing practice of integrating some sort of independent, online aspect to the traditional face-to-face course. However, the real question is ‘What does blended learning mean to you?’.
If you are considering a move to blended learning, here are some things to think about. First, establish what your definition of blended learning is. I have included some links below that will help you flesh-out your definition, Once you have done that, then determine what model or approach your blended learning class will use. How much of your face-to-face course must or should be replaced by an online component? There are many variables that will affect this number, what the content matter of the class is, the discipline and the learning objectives are just a few of the things that should be considered. Also consider what types of activities are appropriate for both the in-class and online environments.
There are many more things to think about when considering the move to Blended Learning. However, in my view the most important factor here is the realization that you must approach the development of a blended learning course with lots of forethought and a well-organized plan to proceed.
Read more about Blended Learning at:
- Te@chthought – The Definition of Blended Learning: http://www.teachthought.com/blended-learning-2/the-definition-of-blended-learning/
- Clayton Christensen Institute – Blended Learning Model Definitions: http://www.christenseninstitute.org/blended-learning-definitions-and-models/?gclid=CjwKEAjw3YipBRDL2bHhjLmFkQsSJADtzktjDYQaUbvt_oRL0OAcEhLOrw_ME1HWJLmk7nyjc_soXhoCYYfw_wcB
- The Online Learning Consortium – Blended Learning Toolkit: https://blended.online.ucf.edu/about/what-is-blended-learning/