Blended Learning as a concept is widely used in the academic, corporate and non profit sectors throughout the world. We're seeing a great deal of change in it's utilization, and in my blog today, I'll try to highlight some of the changes.
Historically, as Margaret Driscoll pointed out in her paper for IBM Global Services "Blended Learning: Let's Get Beyond the Hype" when institutions consider blending learning they are considering four slightly different scenarios.
* To combine or mix modes of web-based technology (e.g., live virtual classroom, self-paced instruction, collaborative learning, streaming video, audio, and text) to accomplish an educational goal.
* To combine various pedagogical approaches (e.g., constructivism, behaviorism, cognitivism) to produce an optimal learning outcome with or without instructional technology.
* To combine any form of instructional technology (e.g., video, audio, web-based training ) with face-to-face instructor-led training.
* To mix or combine instructional technology with actual job tasks in order to create a harmonious effect of learning and working.
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Jeffrey A. Roth