In South Africa: Barbara Means Predicts Blended Learning Will Be the Dominant Learning Modality in Five Years!

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”.



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