Special TechLearn Briefing on Blended Learning [video and more here; via recent TechLearn TRENDS]
Elliott Masie speaks about blended learning developments of last couple of years and defines three directions for the discussion:
- the need for instructional design models for blended learning
- lack of tools and systems that can support it
- business case for blended learning
Nice to see this discussion started. But I'm more interested to look at the learner's role in "blending":
...the learner consumes a single method, a classroom, an online, a book, and then they go and they turn it into a Blended Learning experience by their own informal actions. They talk to a peer. They go to another class. They take something online. They do a practice. They read some supporting manuals.
I don't believe that even "new" instructional design methods can predict and embed into a system all learner's choices. I believe in empowering learners to make those choices. As a technology support I would like to see "personal learning management" and "personal knowledge management" tools.