Implementing the Model
Learning Experiences: Blended and Online Learning
The advent of the world wide web has created opportunities for new modes of learning. Just as access to the internet has transformed many industries, including medical, travel and banking industries, the ability to access learning in diverse and mobile contexts is a paradigm-changer for education and schooling. No longer is learning confined to one institution. In many ways, knowledge has become democratised.
The journey from exploring the use of the one computer in the classroom to a world where learners in many countries have access to mobile devices has been rapid. This change has created the need to be intentional with the quality of learning and information available via these devices. The internet can be used to create virtual spaces supporting the activities of a face-to-face context as well as providing the means by which learning can be undertaken fully online.
The focus on creating new paradigms of learning in the context of a physical school needs replicated in the online world. With the proliferation of digital usage in learning, there was an immediate dependence upon simply uploading documents to the web - in many cases using a digital learning management system. As much consideration and effort has been dedicated to improving pedagogy in the world of ‘face-to-face’ learning, this needs to be applied to the digital platform. The aim must be for high quality opportunities to learn in all contexts - face-to-face, blended and fully online.