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  • The blended learning community has had a lengthy discussion on what to call this new modality: blended hybrid mixed-mode Most prefer to call it *blended* - because it integrates so well, that it becomes a new type of delivery system. Not online, not face-to-face.
  • All manner of combinations can be called “blended”, but BL is different from “web-enhanced” in which no seat-time is replaced.
  • Blended Learning

    1. 1. Blended Learning What it is What it isn’t
    2. 2. Blended… <ul><li>A face-to-face class with an online component? </li></ul><ul><li>OR </li></ul><ul><li>An online class with a face-to-face component? </li></ul>
    3. 3. BL – What it is Source: Picciano, A.G. (2005)
    4. 4. BL – What it is <ul><li>Traditional “seat-time” is replaced with online activities </li></ul><ul><li>Activities are planned in a pedagogically sound manner </li></ul><ul><li>Instructors choose which methodology best suits the activity </li></ul><ul><li>“The best of both worlds” </li></ul>
    5. 5. BL – What it isn’t <ul><li>An opportunity for students to do less work for their 3 or 4 credits </li></ul><ul><li>An opportunity for students to be uninvolved in their learning </li></ul><ul><li>An enormous increase in work for faculty </li></ul><ul><li>A class in which only the tech-savvy can teach </li></ul>
    6. 6. Advantages of BL <ul><li>Student access to higher education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>INCREASED ENROLLMENT and RETENTION </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Opportunity to be creative, for both faculty and students </li></ul>
    7. 7. Why Blend? <ul><li>1. Improved Pedagogy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interactive vs. Transmissive enviroments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Authenticity integration into work </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2. Increased Access/ Flexibility </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduced seat time courses-UCF M courses </li></ul></ul><ul><li>3. Increased Cost Effectiveness </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Corporate: ROI-IBM 47:1, Avaya, Microsoft </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Higher Ed: PEW Grants </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Blended Learning Advantages <ul><li>1. Increased Learning (better papers, higher scores) </li></ul><ul><li>2. More effective pedagogy and interaction </li></ul><ul><li>3. Course access at one’s convenience and flexible completion (e.g. multiple ways to meet course objectives) </li></ul><ul><li>4. Reduction in physical class or space needs, commuting, parking </li></ul><ul><li>5. Increased opportunities for human interaction, communication, & contact among students </li></ul><ul><li>6. Introverts participate more </li></ul>
    9. 9. Learning Community <ul><li>There is a preference for creating an online learning community in order to increase student learning and retention in the program. Such a community might be in a single class or across a series of classes. </li></ul>
    10. 10. Implication and Challenges for Blended Learning in Higher Education <ul><li>Faculty and students are more mobile </li></ul><ul><li>Student expectations rise. </li></ul><ul><li>Greater self-determined learning. </li></ul><ul><li>More corporate university partnerships. </li></ul><ul><li>Courses increasingly modular. </li></ul><ul><li>Less predefined schedules. </li></ul><ul><li>Scheduling much more complex. </li></ul>

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