blended learning

From: The Role of Blended Learning in the World of Technology by Cathy Gonzalez and from this site

“A blended learning approach means that face-to-face learning becomes more effective because the mundane aspects of basic instruction are moved to an e-learning environment, which can be more engaging and interactive. It also means that an organization can have a common on-line orientation program for any number of trainees at any time, allowing all trainees to have the same basic knowledge of concepts, vocabulary, and terminology. When trainees do meet in the classroom with an instructor, the face-to-face class can now focus on higher-level skills since the basics are known by all trainees and were tested by the e-learning orientation module. Instructor-led sessions can now focus on knowledge transfer and behavioral changes and not simply the memorization of acronyms or application-specific jargon.”

Barbara is a Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at a small liberal arts college in Maine. Rumor has it this was also her alma mater. She used to work for a small liberal arts college in the cornfields of Ohio for 18 years as a teacher and language center director. Prior to these adventures in higher ed she taught high school Spanish and loved it. She wishes she had more time in her life to play with her dogs, write, read, swim, do yoga things and watch the Red Sox. Preferably not all at once, although that could be interesting. To see her online portfolio please click here!

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