Where Online and Face-to-Face Instruction Intersect for 21st Century Teaching and Learning
Blended learning, the teaching practice that combines teaching methods from both face-to-face and online learning, is an established, rapidly growing instructional model that is proving highly effective in helping institutions address the challenges of limited resources and the expectations of 21st century learners. Whether it is extending classroom instruction beyond the normal hours, supporting credit recovery programs, enhancing teacher professional development or delivering enriched learning opportunities for accelerated students, blended learning models are increasingly common practice across the curriculum for students and teachers alike.
Blended learning is implemented in a variety of ways, ranging from models in which curriculum is fully online with face-to-face interaction in laboratory sessions, to models in which face-to-face classroom instruction is integrated with online components. The rapid growth of blended learning has been a catalyst for additional instructional transformation, including:
- Evolving pedagogy in which teachers’ roles include facilitation, student mentoring and differentiating instruction for individual learners,
- Increased flexibility and personalization of students’ learning experiences
- Strategic uses of technology as colleges tap the capabilities of the learning management systems to support a wider range of instructional programs.
The intent of AIA Campus Connect programme is to showcase this blended learning model’s potential and ignite faculty and students with new conversations about Integrated Automation learning and relevance to career needs in Industry.