ProLiteracy/New Readers Press has just released a new guide, The What, Who, Why, and How of Blended Learning for Adult Basic Skills Learners, written by David Rosen and Jen Vanek. The guide is for teachers, tutors, and administrators of organizations and schools who provide adult basic skills education and are interested in implementing or improving blended learning for students.
What is Blended Learning?
Blended learning is defined as an instructional approach that has a face-to-face class or tutorial integrated with online learning in which students have some “control over time, place, path, and/or pace.”1 Often misunderstood, blended learning is not the same as distance education, which is entirely, or almost entirely online learning or even a hybrid approach. With blended learning, face-to-face and online components are integrated so that the two components reinforce each other. Blended learning can be implemented with all students, including adult basic education, English language learning, adult secondary education, and while transitioning to post-secondary education.
What Does the Blended Learning Guide Cover?
The new blended learning guide from New Readers Press includes practical how-tos and resources for a range of service providers—from programs just beginning to explore blended learning to programs who aim to further develop or improve their blended learning practices. The key questions addressed are:
- How can blended learning help with what and who is taught?
- Why use a blended learning approach?
- How can a program get started?
- What does blended learning look like?
- What online resources work with blended learning?
- What are some common challenges in implementing blended learning?
Professional Development for Implementing Blended Learning
Blended learning offers adult learners the flexibility and independence and helps instructors use real-time progress data to help them tailor instruction to the different needs of their students.
In a recent ProLiteracy survey of the field most of the 500 programs that responded were interested in implementing blended learning (results of the blended learning survey can be found in a series of blogs).
An overwhelming theme of survey responses was that professional development on how to get started and properly implement blended learning was the biggest need and challenge faced by programs. This new blended learning guide directly responds to these needs expressed by adult educators. It will help all types of adult education programs discover tips, strategies, and case studies for implementing blended learning. Programs will be ready to successfully formulate and implement a plan for using blended learning instruction in their classrooms.