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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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Projects

Projects

The EBI/EIE was involved in numerous national and European projects. In these projects, the EBI/EIE was either coordinator or contributed to the project as researcher or executing partner.

LLP-Projects

LLP LogoThe EBI/E/E participated in two important projects in the frame of the LLP program.

  • Grundtvig Learning Partnership CreaTech (2008 – 2010)
  • Grundtvig Multilateral Project Blended Learning Quality – Concepts Optimized for Adult Education (2013 – 2015)

Erasmus+ Projects

Erasmus+_LogoErasmus+ aims to promote the sustainable development of its partners in the field of higher education, In 2017, the EBI/EIE (with the partner association EFQUBL) started two new Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships.

In 2018, another three projects were launched:

  • Flipped Adult Education (FAdE Adult Education)
    Erasmus+ 2018-1-AT01-KA204-039224
  • CICERO – Enhancing Digital Competence through Photography
    Erasmus+ 2018-1-SE01-KA204-039051
  • TEST – Technology Enhanced Science Teaching
    Erasmus+ 2018-1-ES01-KA201-050186

New projects started in November 2020 (one with the EBI/EIE as a coordinator).

  • Intermedia – Implementation of Interactivity and multimedia-based content using Multiple Devices
    in Adult Education
    This will care about the development of multimedia-based and interactive content for courses using multiple devices.
  • CONNECT
    This is an Erasmus+ Higher Education (with two universities as partners) with the aim to create a platform for a Community of Practice.
  • E4ALL – Education for All
    The general aim of the project is to support adult educators in designing, delivering, and promoting more attractive and inclusive education for all generations of adult learners. The direct target group of the project includes the members, workers, co-workers, educators, and volunteers of the Third Sector adult education organisations

The cooperation with the University of Cyprus enabled another project in 2022.

  • DigiComPass – Digital Competences Recognition Framework for Adult Education
    The project started in December 2022. It aims to develop a course package to enable adults to increase their digital competencies. The project focuses on the implementation of Flipped Learning 3.0.

Future Projects

The EBI/EIE will apply for new projects in the future. The focus will be set on Adult Education, Digital competencies for teachers, trainers, and adults, technology-enhanced teaching, training and learning, cultural awareness, and related items.

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, Adeje/Spain, and in Athens/Greece.

Course in the modern computer lab of the EBI/EIE
Image: Course in the modern computer lab of the EBI/EIE (© Peter Mazohl, with the authorization of the presented trainees).

Mission

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

The scope of courses is focused on Technology Enhanced Learning  (formerly called e-learning) with the learning platforms Moodle, 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 research team of the EBI publishes regularly the current research results and is involved as a speaker at international conferences, for example, the ICERI (in Seville).


Projects

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

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

Since the autumn 2013, the EBI/EIE is involved in European Projects or coordinates one. In 2015, the EBI/EIE and other partners from the BladEdu founded the European Foundation for Quality in Blended Learning, EFQBL, as a dissemination tool for Blended Learning. In consequence, the EBI/EIE cooperates regularly with this organization.

 

  • VTT-Box (School Education)
    This project has been finished in November 2019.
  • TIBL-Project (EFQUBL)
    This project has been finished in November 2019.
  • Flipped Adult Education (Adult Education)
    This project has been started in 2018 and finished finally in August 2021 (Prolonged due to COVID-19)
  • DigiComPass (Adult Education)
    This project aims to develop a course package to increase digital competencies of adults (following the DigComp 2.1 Framework)

 

  • CICERO (Adult Education)
    This project was dealing with digital competencies and digital photography. It was started with the Kickoff Meeting in Wiener Neustadt and finished with a final meeting at the University of Stockholm.
    The project was awarded as a “Project of Good Practice” by the Swedish National Agency.
  • TEST (School Education)
    This school project focusing on the development of multimedia-based learning tools for science subjects started in the autumn of 2018 and has been finished in 2021.
  • CONNECT (Higher Education)
    The project cares about the development of an innovative multidisciplinary and cross-sectional curriculum for students from the computer and information, health, and social sciences background.
  • InterMedia (Adult Education)
    This project cares about multimedia and interactivity in learning.

 

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