As a follow up to the 2nd Annual Blended Learning Conference that was organized by the Highlander Institute, we will be focusing this weeks #edchatri on Blended Learning.
Blended Learning is one of the hottest topics in education today, but it is important to first understand what Blended Learning actually is.
Blended learning is a formal education program in which a student learns at least in part through online delivery of content and instruction with some element of student control over time, place, path, and/or pace. Blended Learning (Staker / Horn - May 2012)
Blended learning is a form of education that combines face-to-face classroom methods with computer-mediated activities. According to its proponents, the strategy creates a more integrated approach for both instructors and students.
What are we doing as educators to involve our students more in the learning process and how are we utilizing the technology that is available to us and that our students have grown up with to better connect them with the learning.
Many educators today still follow an Instructivist approach to teaching, where they are the deliverer of the knowledge and the students are the receivers. With Blended Learning, however we can now move to a more Constructivist approach, which allows us to deliver the ideas, plans and focus and to facilitate the learning with the students through the use of technology. Perhaps the final goal though should be a Connectivist approach to learning, whereby the students develop the ideas, the knowledge and the delivery of the learning and the instructor fully relinquishes ownership of the learning process and path to the learner.
These questions and ideas will be the focus of Sunday night's discussion on #edchatri. Join us as we look to better understand and perhaps implement the Blended Learning Process.
Don Miller -