Blended learning is an approach where conventional teaching and learning practices are integrated with those online, where the student has some control over time, place, path and/or pace. According to the International Association of Blended Learning, the approach is defined:
“Blended learning is an educational approach, which integrates face-to-face classroom practices with online and mobile delivery methods. It aims to provide the learner with a well-planned, managed, and well-structured teacher-facilitated interactive learning environment, where high quality content, activities, and experiences can be customised to learner needs and preferences, unrestricted by time and location.”
Thus, key rules for implementing blended learning are: (1) the integration of face-to-face and online learning approaches; (2) optimising student engagement through rethinking the course design; and (3) restructuring and placing traditional classroom hours. This allows for enhancement of the properties and possibilities of each to create a unique combination of different modes of communication for a purposeful, open and disciplined community.
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Mix and match with all other tools in the toolkit, to facilitate and enhance student learning by incorporating technology.