A blended learning approach combines face to face classroom methods with computer-mediated activities to form an integrated instructional approach. For example, a blended approach to a traditional, face to face course might mean that the class meets once per week instead of the usual three-session format. Learning activities that otherwise would have taken place during classroom time can be moved online. Classroom time can, instead, be used to engage students in advanced interactive experiences. Meanwhile, the online portion of the course can provide students with multimedia-rich content at any time of day, anywhere the student has internet access, from the univeristy, the coffee shop, or the students’ homes. This allows for an increase in scheduling flexibility for students.
Want to learn more about Blended Learning? Check out this series of talks available at Khan Academy.