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What is Blended Learning?

What is Blended Learning?

Blended Learning – simply defined

The term Blended Learning is generally applied to the practice of using both online and in-person learning experiences when teaching students (Abbott 2014). This term has developed for many years with changing interpretations.

Blended Learning means a teaching method, where face-to-face teaching is combined with distance learning. The teaching process is supported by the use of an appropriate learning platform. The term eLearning (modern: Technology Enhanced Learning TEL) in this document refers to the platform-supplied distance learning.

What does Blended Learning mean?

Blended Learning is a teaching method and no pedagogical or didactical concept. Blended Learning describes the technique used for teaching. This means teaching highly connected with the use of ICT. ICT offers new opportunities but also new challenges for both instructors and students (Redmond 2011). Teachers and trainers change their working place and reduce the time used in the traditional brick-and-mortar environment. Students get the independency to decide, what, where, when and how they learn during the distance learning.

Structure of Blended Learning courses

Hint: This post summarizes the results of the BladEdu project.
Text & Graphics: (c) 2016 Peter Mazohl

 

Sources
Abbott, S. (2014): The glossary of education reform. Blended Learning Definition. Available online at http://edglossary.org/blended-learning
Redmond, Petra (2011): From face-to-face teaching to online teaching – Pedagogical transitions. Available online at http://www.ascilite.org.au/conferences/hobart11/downloads/papers/Redmond-full.pdf 

VTT-Box

Virtual Teachers’ Toolbox (VTT-Box)

The project aims to create a special virtual toolbox for teachers as a sophisticated tool for developing Open Online Distance Learning (OODL) courses which means open, online, flexible and technology enhanced education (OOFAT). The mixture of of the partners
ensures the necessary competences, values, skills and knowledge for developing an innovative approach to OODL. This project uses a strategic cooperation between formal and non-formal/informal educational providers using ICT based teaching and the
enhancement of digital integration in learning. It will be enhancing teachers’ professional development and support students‘ acquisition of values, skills and competences.

The project team at the teaching event in Teneriffe (in front of the building of the Colegio Internacional Costa Adeje)

The 5 consortium members are well distributed in Europe:

  • University of Crete, GR (specialised in innovative education) will focus on
    supporting students‘ acquisition of skills and competences,
  • EBI/EIE (AT) is a teacher training institution with experienced in Distance
    Learning impacts in enhancing teachers’ professional development and in OODL
  • The I.T.E VITTORIO VENETO SALVEMINI (IT) and
  • Colegio Internacional Costa Adeje (ES) are two high schools (offering a multicultural background) with different orientation in teaching and experienced in eLearning and modern teaching methods.
  • The Swedish Association for Distance Education (SADE) has a special focus on OODL and OOFAT and provides experience in quality enhancement systems.

The VVT-Box methodology focuses on items which are either not yet common or still missing in Open Online Distance Education as a

  • Innovative approach to OODL
  • Appropriate quality enhancement framework
  • Innovative and completely new motivating self-evaluation method for students (Mandala method)
  • New developed innovative tool for course creators
  • Special training course for teachers to implement the new methods in course creation
  • Transferability and evaluation guide to enable the transfer to other educational fields

The project started with October 1, 2017 and will last for two years. The findings and outcomes of the project can be found at the project’s web page VTT-Box.
To follow the project’s activities and to read the related postings please have a look at the project’s blog.

 

 


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The EBI/EIE

European Initiative for Education

The „European Initiative for Education“ (EIE) is an international (European) private Non-Profit education and training organization in Austria (legal status: association). There are offices in Wiener Neustadt / Austria and in Athens / Greece.

EIE’s mission is to endorse an innovative approach to education, training and culture; this is done by using the method of „Blended Learning“ as an advanced technique of education and training. A new challenge for us is the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Community.

The EIE is integrated in a network of similar institutions in Europe; there are training organizations, educational establishments, research and development centers, public authorities, specialists etc.

Course in th modern computer lab of the EBI/EIE

The scope of courses is focused on Technology Enhanced Learning  (formerly called eLearning) with the learning platforms Moodle, ACollab, and Claroline; Blended Learning; Multimedia (Interactivity and Multimedia Content), Content Management Systems, Presentation Techniques, and Project Management.

The EBI/EIE is not only a training association but also involved in research. The researcher team of the EBI publishes regularly the current research results and is involved as speaker at international conferences, for example the ICERI (in Seville).


We are actively involved in the Erasmus+ Programme and offer:

  • Trainings in the Frame of KA 1 projects (trainings for teachers, trainers, adult learners)
  • Strategic Partnerships – KA 2 projects

Starting with autumn 2017, the EBI/EIE (and the partner organisation European Foundation for Quality in Blended Learning EFQBL) starts two new Erasmus+ strategic partnerships (in the field of Distance Learning and Blended Learning):

  • VTT-Box (EBI/EIE)
    This project has been finished in November 2019.
  • TIBL-Project (EFQUBL)
    This project has been finished in November 2019.

With 2018, the project “Flipped Adult Education” has been launched.
In December 2018, the project “CICERO” dealing with digital competences and digital photography was started with the Kickoff Meeting in Wiener Neustadt, together with the school project “TEST” focusing on the development of multimedia-based learning tools for science subjects.

Here you will find an overview of our ERASMUS+ Projects.