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The Definition of Blended Learning in Higher Education

The Definition of Blended Learning in Higher Education
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Author(s): Mustafa Caner (Akdeniz University, Turkey)
Copyright: 2012
Pages: 16
Source title: Blended Learning Environments for Adults: Evaluations and Frameworks
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Panagiotes S. Anastasiades (University of Crete, Greece)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-0939-6.ch002

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Abstract

Through the beginning of the millennium, the education environments have witnessed the introduction of information technologies and new pedagogies. Especially, the extensive use of Internet technologies as well as the networked learning made it possible to design and utilize new generation learning environments that are realistic, authentic, and engaging. By means of educational developments, alternative content delivery techniques or technologies have been implemented into the teaching environments throughout the years. In an effort to capitalize on the advantages of instructional delivery modalities and minimize the disadvantages, scholars started to combine the most functional elements of the instruction in these learning environments and that is universally called as ‘Blended Learning’. Although the blended learning as an instruction model has an increasing interest in the field of higher education, it is still in its infancy. The definitions of blended learning in the literature needs to be clarified or collocated for the readers, who would like to deal with blended learning in any level of instruction. Therefore, this chapter reviews the recent literature on blended and online learning and juxtaposes the definitions of the blended learning as well as the types of blended learning instruction that took place in the higher education environments.

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