Blended learning is about combining different learning methods, usually online learning with face-to-face taught classes, to give learners a more flexible and cost effective way of developing work-based skills.
What is blended learning?
Increasingly blended learning is about combining online or computer learning with opportunities to interact with other students face-to-face, either in taught lessons, courses or lectures, or through networking opportunities.
Blended learning can be very good for people and voluntary organisations that struggle to meet the regular or extended time commitments that taught courses take without missing out on the benefits that interacting with other people learning the same topic. Combining flexible distance learning with face-to-face taught sessions can be a very effective method of delivering skills programmes and may work out cheaper than some taught courses.
Workforce Development funded a report by the London Voluntary Sector Council into blended learning as a means of supporting individual learning and workforce development in the voluntary and community sector. You can download the Blended Learning Report from the resources section of this page.
There’s more information at the Blended Learning Unit (BLU) at University of Hertfordshire and from the e-Learning Centre Blended Learning page