Global Educators Share Their Latest Research on Blended Learning
New York, N.Y. — A decade ago, many predicted that K-12 education might shift entirely online, especially in the upper grades. Michael Horn, co-founder of the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, spoke of blended learning as the “new model that is student-centric, highly personalized for each learner, and more productive, as it delivers dramatically better results at the same or lower cost.” C M Rubin, Founder of CMRubinWorld, asked global teachers to discuss this new model of learning in a digital age. Is it disruptive in a powerful way or is it considered an overhyped myth?
“At present, there is no escape from using ICT as a component in the teaching learning process,” says Rashmi Kathuria in India. However, Adam Steiner in the US notes that when “technology use is kept separate from a collaborative learning experience,” the outcome is not as beneficial. Maarit Rossi in Finland says she has positive expectations to the possibilities of blended learning but this technology means schools need “versatile teaching methods and balanced assessment.” Jasper Rijpma in The Netherlands adds that blended learning gives him the “opportunity to differentiate between the individual needs” of his students. He notes that we need to be careful about confusing “technology with actual teaching.” Craig Kemp in Singapore believes that “blending traditional and new teaching methods” will provide students with “an innovative and effective learning experience nurturing skills students need to succeed both in life and in a tech-driven workforce.”
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