Back in December, I ran a poll asking you what you understood by the term blended learning, as I was hearing the term being used in many different ways. I provided three possible definitions plus an option to enter your own – as follows
A: A training programme containing a mix of face-to-face-and e-learning
B: A training activity containing a range of formats and media
C: A strategic L&D approach to supporting a wide range of learning initiatives
After 750 responses here are the results:
A: A training programme containing a mix of face-to-face-and e-learning: 49%
B: A training activity containing a range of formats and media: 21%
C: A strategic L&D approach to supporting a wide range of learning initiatives: 23%
D: Other: 7%
Other definitions included:
- In addition to the mixing of f2f with digital content, blended learning provides the learner with some measure of control over time, place, path, or pace of learning.
- personalised and mixed delivery methods
- Any educational activity that uses an intentional variety of media to achieve demonstrable theoretical or practical learning
- A training curriculum that uses a range/mix of formats and media, some activities in the curriculum are self-paced, some are synchronous facilitator-led
- An experience or chain of experiences that don’t consist of a single medium or set of social connections. Blended experiences can include solo, one-to-one, one-to-many, many-to-one, many-to-many, teams, associations, organizations, societies, and the world.
- Blended learning might include technology. But it’s not about technology or media. It’s about providing opportunities to discover, achieve, connect, apply, create, and lead. These opportunities enrich capacity in areas that include skills, confidence, connections, grit, etc..
- Learning design of near seamless layering of learning across f2f and online learning modes, complementing each other/scaffolded
- There’s no such thing as blended ‘learning’. Blended ‘delivery of stuff’? – now that’s a different thing!
Although just under 1/2 of the respondents opted for the more traditional definition of the term, it’s clear that “blended learning” means different things to different people. So just like many other terms used in the field of learning, we need to be quite sure we explain what we mean by them to avoid any confusion. Personally, I don’t like the term – and tend to agree more with the last definition – so avoid it as much as I can!