Blended Learning: Rethinking Educational Delivery for Development
Department of Secondary Education, State University of New York (SUNY) New Paltz
Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts
Last modified: August 24, 2006
Presentation date: 10/31/2006 4:00 PM in ST Windsor A
Blended learning is not a new concept; however, many consider it to be new. Recently, there has been a renewed focus on this learning strategy, both in the education and corporate sectors. Although the definition of blended learning is somewhat amorphous, it is generally described as an environment that includes the use of different modes of teaching and learning. Blended learning gained increasing popularity with the integration of technology in the teaching and learning environment.
Blended learning holds particular promise for developing countries as it can make available to them the resources of national, regional, and international educational institutions. This could allow them to redirect the often-limited resources that they have at their disposal to other developmental needs. Some developing countries are already participating in different forms of blended learning programs. An expansion of these programs can enhance educational development in many of these nations.
In light of the foregoing, this presentation is designed to examine blended learning and its use in enhancing education, training, and development. Consideration will also be given to best practices for planning and implementing the blended learning approach. The presentation will also continue the dialogue on how blended learning might foster development in developing nations.