Blended Learning: A History
Blended learning isn’t new.
The phrase itself still has shine to it, but the idea of mixing learning at school with learning at home is ages old, but has been given new life by the explosion of technology in the classroom.
The following infographic does a good job of making the case that the concept of “blending” one approach of learning with another has always existed, including: the blending of academic learning with apprenticeships, of simulations with structured courses, and even peer instruction with teacher direct instruction.
If the approach to learning is strategically mixed by design, it’s a form of blended learning. The evolution of this approach will focus on the components that are being blended.
Image attribution flickr user topmastersineducation.com; The Context & History Of Blended Learning