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Blended Learning: An Opportunity for Integration or Variation?

Blended Learning: An Opportunity for Integration or Variation?
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Author(s): David Starr-Glass (University of New York Prague, Czech Republic)
Copyright: 2014
Pages: 21
Source title: Practical Applications and Experiences in K-20 Blended Learning Environments
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Lydia Kyei-Blankson (Illinois State University, USA) and Esther Ntuli (Idaho State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4912-5.ch006


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Blended learning provides an opportunity to rethink the ways in which instructors and learners use face-to-face and online distance learning modalities. Sometimes, this opportunity is missed and the resulting blended course is no more than a mechanical mix that serves pragmatic purposes but fails to reshape learning. This chapter rethinks the structure and dynamics of blended learning experiences and considers what it might mean to use different teaching/learning modalities. It explores the possibilities, challenges, and design of blended learning from a perspective of variation theory. It also reviews strategies to make explicit the differences in structure and dynamics of face-to-face and online distance environments that are encountered by the learner and suggests the benefits and limitations of such strategies.

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