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Wk 1-Overview of blended + online [Aug. 17, 2011, 7:25 p.m.]

Blended and online instruction are hot topics, but what are the real benefits and challenges associated with these models?

And what is "blended" anyway? To some, it just means a hybrid of face-to-face (f2f) and online. To others, there is more to it, often involving things like student choice, self-direction, and reduction of seat time.

What is blended? “Combin[ing] f2f classroom instruction with online learning and reduced seat time” - EDUCAUSE “Substantial proportion of the content is delivered online.” The Sloan Consortium defines blended courses as having between 30% and 79% of their content delivered online. - Allen, Seaman and Garrett  “25-75% of the content is delivered online and the remainder delivered face-to-face” - Quality Matters Student-centered, active learning, both f2f and online

Post a comment with your thoughts about what "blended" means (or should mean). Is it improtant to have a consensus definition of this?