What is Blended Learning?
Blended learning is the interdependent combination of face-to-face and online education. It involves combining the best of these two modes of learning in such a way that they complement and supplement each other. Effective blended learning occurs when online and face-to-face modalities are used to their full advantage for optimal interaction and when there is capacity for student-paced and student-directed learning.
Blended learning is not just teaching with technology, it involves combining traditional face-to-face methods with online enabled learning in a mutually beneficial fashion.
Blended learning does not represent a simple repository mentality where the same materials are simply delivered in two modes instead of one. There needs to be a difference, a reason and a value added factor between the on-line and face to face offerings, rather than using one as a virtual mirror of the other.