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Written by Neil Evans, PhD study   
Monday, 01 February 2010 09:56

Blended learning combines conventional learning methods with e-learning methods, which according to Clark (2001) have been around for quite some time although the term was only coined in 1999.  According to King and Mc Sporran (2005:4) blended learning is the mixture of traditional delivery including lectures, group discussions, apprenticeship and experiential learning together with e-learning methods, which accommodate various learning needs of a diverse audience in a variety of subjects. The authors state that the variety in methods will lead to an increase in interest and more effective learning.


Figure 1: Connectivism: Process of Creating a Learning Network applied within the University of Zululand’s Learning Ecology (adapted from Siemans, 2004 in Evans, 2014)

References

1. Clark, D.R. (2001). Defining e-learning. [Online]. Available: http://www.nwlink.com/~Donclark/hrd/e-learning/define.html . Accessed: 12th January, 2009.
2. King C. and Mc Sporran M. (2005). Blended is Better: Choosing Educational Delivery Methods. [Online]. Available: http://hyperdisc.unitec.ac.nz/research/KingMcsporranEdmedia2005.pdf. Accessed: 28th January, 2009.

 

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