Blended learning allows teachers to choose the best of online and face to face strategies. Our everyday lives have become increasingly mediated by technology, this presents an exciting opportunity for educators. As a result the use of blended learning in higher education has increased dramatically over the last decade (NMC 2016).
Whilst blended learning presents exciting opportunities, communication can have its challenges as fewer face-to-face opportunities exist. We must also recognise that communicating digitally can have limitations in facilitating interpersonal communication. As such, academics may need to more deliberate and strategic in their communication with students.
Blended learning promotes:
Accessibility and flexibility for learners ‘anywhere, anytime learning’
Digital literacy, an essential skill in the 21st century
Student-focused approaches that increase depth of learning and engagement
Best use of face-to-face opportunities
ACU competitiveness in the higher education sector