BACKGROUND

 

WHAT IS BLENDED LEARNING?

Blended learning, sometimes known as hybrid learning, is a teaching and learning model that has a face-to-face class or tutorial component combined with an on-line learning component. According to the data from the Texas Educating Adults Management System (TEAMS) adult learners who engage in blended learning outperform learners who only attend a traditional classroom as well as the learners who receive more than 50% of their contact hours at a distance.

BLENDED LEARNING AND ADULT EDUCATION

Blended learning enables students more flexibility, learning at different pace and greater autonomy. Learners in adult education centers across Europe face similar challenges such as lack of basic skills, lack of time due to family and work obligations, poor learning habits, low motivation, financial issues. etc. It is the development and implementation of blended learning courses that can be tremendously helpful for adult education organizations to answer the aforementioned needs.

 

 

AIM

 

Making the use of blended learning more extensive, systematic as well as strategic in adult education is the long-term aim of the project. On the one hand we want to increase awareness about the importance and necessity of quality blended learning in adult education and on the other hand  we want the educators to improve their skills and practical knowledge about delivery of high quality blended learning courses.

 

OBJECTIVES

 

TRAINING and SUPPORT FOR EDUCATORS

Teachers from three countries will take part in a training course at Dublin Institute of Technology learning about and trying out different tools to design quality blended learning courses. Consequently, practical guidelines are going to be developed on the basis of the training.

 

PLATFORM FOR EDUCATORS WITH A NEW TRAINING COURSE AND PRACTICAL TIPS

The teachers will acquire a great tool for developing quality blended learning courses: a platform featuring an interactive course – blended learning gym – and a handbook including examples of good practices and practical guidelines for educators.

PRODUCTS

E-HANDBOOK

This practical teacher resource kit is based on educators needs to develop quality blended learning. Available on the website it will contain the gist of blended learning explained through examples of quality blended learning, a collection of selected easy-to-use tools, dos and don’ts about blended learning as well as practical guidelines and tips about blended learning.

BLENDED LEARNING GYM

BLG is an e-course custom-made for educators who want to design and implement their own blended learning offer. The course builds upon the findings of the e-handbook and is two things in one: a resource to help educators set up their own blended learning activities and an e-learning environment. BLG will be based on a social motivational environment which will support training, knowledge dissemination and collaboration between learners and trainers.

IMPACT

 

The expected impact of the project is related to the main objectives of the project:

  1. Improvement of educators’ professional skills in design and implementation of quality blended learning
  2. Greater awareness about the importance of blended learning among providers of adult education
  3. Increased capacity and competencies of participating organizations and of stakeholder organizations at the local, regional and national levels to take the right measures for quality development and implementation of blended learning courses.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
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