Blended Learning

It is somewhat surprising, given the resources available, that Blended Learning approaches have not made the inroads one might expect. This may in part be due to a misconception, that any addition of on line learning would exclude the face to face. It may also in part be due to the gatekeepers lagging in confidence and expertise, compared to the skills of the rising generations. Perhaps it is linked to the problems of individualising school teaching and learning formats.

The pressures are surely building in relation to shortening  the school day or the breaking up of the term blocks  to allow space for students, trainees and teachers to access those aspects of their training and education which are best done on line. The software exists to facilitate meetings, discussions  and seminars without the need to travel. The gaming software also clearly exists to allow for the design of the most amazing, stimulating, challenging and exciting virtual learning environments. The hardware exists to allow unlimited and unfettered access. What, one wonders, are we all waiting for?

 I am currently a member of a team who are working with Hibernia University, Dublin to develop, in this country, a blended learning approach to Teacher Training. There appears to be a greater use of Blended Learning in Ireland and a growing appetite in developing countries.  Perhaps when more teachers in this country train and learn within blended learning formats, then things will change. If not, we may be in danger of inertia arrested development.

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