Dear Commons Community,
Yesterday I finished my workshop on blended learning with North-West University’s Faculty of Education Sciences. I was pleased with the two-day event. There were good interactions and responses to the issues raised. We all shook hands and I said good-bye to the Potchefstroom.
Verona Leendertz drove me back to Vanderbijlpark where the Vaal Triangle Campus is located. Tomorrow and Friday, I will have meetings with NWU administrators. Lambshi, the young chef at the The Little Eden Guest Lodge where I am staying, prepared me a short-rib dinner with rice and mixed vegetables.
In the evening, I finished reading Barbara Means new book, Learning Online: What the Research Tells Us About Whether, When, and How. Means and her co-authors, Marianne Bakia, and Robert Murphy, provide a good literature review of the current research on online learning. Their conclusion:
“We believe that blended learning is likely to become the most common modality, certainly for higher education and increasingly secondary education as well within the next five years”.