The first thing everyone seems to ask when gathered in a room to discuss the possibilities of blended learning is, what does ‘blended learning’ mean exactly? Many teachers approach this question with a degree of trepidation, it seems, as if the idea of blended learning is perceived as a kind of nebulous threat to their teaching practice.
I’d like to take a stab at demystifying and de-threatening the concept of blended learning, because, really, it’s nothing so scary.
Multimodal approaches to learning
Blended learning, as far as I am concerned, involves a multimodal approach to unit or course delivery. Multimodal could mean different kinds of spaces in which learning takes place, for example:
Multimodal could also mean a variety of pedagogical approaches to accommodate different learning preferences, for example:
What else constitutes blended learning? Add your ideas in a comment and let's begin a conversation around blended learning.