Encyclopedia of Education and Information Technologies

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Classroom Use, Blended Learning

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-60013-0_68-1

Concepts: Definitions

Blended and hybrid learning are terms that have become increasingly popular since the beginning of the twenty-first century and they are often seen providing for the best of both worlds, incorporating elements of face-to-face and online digital learning.

According to MacDonald (2008), the blend extends beyond the combination of face-to-face and online elements to cover a blend of various technologies, e.g., synchronous and asynchronous, as well as different pedagogical approaches:

The term (blended learning) is commonly associated with the introduction of online media into a course or programme, while at the same time recognising that there is merit in retaining face-to-face contact and other traditional approaches to supporting students. It is also used where asynchronous media such as email, forums, blogs or wikis are deployed in conjunction with synchronous technologies, commonly text or audio. (MacDonald 2008, p. 2)

Beyond the concept of a simple blend,...
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Kingston UniversityLondonUK

Section editors and affiliations

  • Don Passey
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Educational ResearchLancaster UniversityLancasterUK