Blended learning (hybrid learning or mixed-mode learning)

DEFINITION 1: Study type that involves learning in a combination of modes. Often used more specifically to refer to courses which use a combination of face-to-face teaching, work-shops or seminars, and distance learning techniques on-line (such as internet, television, conference calls).

SOURCE: Ploteus Glossary, European Commission, European Union.



DEFINITION 2: The practice of using both online an in person learning experiences when teaching students. In a blended-learning course, for example, students might attend a class taught by a teacher in a traditional classroom setting, while also independently completing online components of the course outside of the classroom. In this case, in-class time may be either replaced or supplemented by online learning experiences, and students would learn about the same topics online as they do in class—i.e., the online and in-person learning experiences would parallel and complement one another.

SOURCE: S. Abbott (Ed.). The Glossary of Education Reform. The Great schools partnership, USA.



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