Blended learning: integrating the web to language teaching and learning.
“ The more an institution or industry relies on information as its core product, the greater and more complete the change will be”
Shirky Here comes everybody
Did you know?
What has happened?
Available – OPEN & FREE
Exponential – New creation & publishing tools
Communication & Interaction –
New communication & interaction tools
Global and open
PRESSURE in Higher education
(Siemens & Tittenberger)
PRESSURE for Teachers & Learners
Need to develop new skills and attitudes:
To be up-to-date – SEEK & FILTER relevant information
Take an active role in the learning process
“ learn to learn” – Autonomous
“ LONG LIFE LEARNER”
“ Once teaching stops, further learning has to be autonomous. Autonomous learning can be promoted if ‘learning to learn ’ is regarded as an integral part of language learning, so that learners become increasingly aware of the way they learn, the options open to them and the options that best suit them . (…) They can then be brought increasingly to make choices in respect of objectives, materials and working methods in the light of their own needs, motivations, characteristics and resources”
From: (CEFRL) Common European Framework of Reference for Languages in http://www.coe.int/T/DG4/Linguistic/Source/Framework_EN.pdf
“ It is a curiosity of technology that it creates new characteristics in old institutions” (Shirky, C. 2008)
CHALLENGES for education
Develop new teaching approaches that will encourage and nurture the development of the necessary skills and attitudes for teachers and learners to face the new information era with some guarantees.
1. Blended Learning Definitions
Blended learning definitions
The three most commonly mentioned definitions are:
“ The nature of Web 2.0 tools make it more likely (…) [that] learners can also find ways of enhancing their learning, too. (…) The nature of the learning environments that most people inhabit – four physical walls (…) – and the enormous possibilities that Web 2.0 tools offer to both teachers and learners, make it inevitable that learning blends will be a feature of the language learning and more general educational landscape in the coming years. [this] will also inevitably have an impact on pedagogical processes (…) and potentially (…) on the ways that humans learn and learn languages in particular.