This hybrid method of learning combines traditional classroom and online education. Blended learning has emerged with the advancement of new technologies in an effort to reach and teach students more effectively.
While educators may debate the exact meaning of the term, the gist is that online technology is used not just to supplement, but transform and improve the learning process.
The Ontario Ministry of Education explains the tools used to create Blended learning should help students:
- learn or review key concepts
- stay organized
- communicate with others
- show what they have learned
- submit assignments
- track achievement
The website further states, “Blended learning uses the tools of the provincial learning management system (LMS) to teach and support learning in a face-to-face class.” Thus, technology used to support Blended Learning not just technology tools which can be used in the classroom, but online learning platforms meant to support traditional classroom learning.
The goal is to use technology to build an online learning community that transcends the walls of the classroom so students can continue their learning outside the classroom.