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Alan Amory, from the South African Institute for Distance Education, is the Visiting Professor of Educational Technologies at the University of the Witwatersrand. In his talk at the Cornerstone Institute he addressed how technology is/will be used in the education, training and development landscape in South Africa.

Alan Amory, from the South African Institute for Distance Education, is the Visiting Professor of Educational Technologies at the University of the Witwatersrand. In his talk at the Cornerstone Institute he addressed how technology is/will be used in the education, training and development landscape.

Did you learn how to learn? Can you recall being taught how to learn in school or university?

Knowing how to learn might be the most needed skill for the future path of education, as essentially all information out there is available in one mouseclick: online.

What is Blended Learning?

The term blended learning is generally applied to the practice of using both online and in-person learning experiences when teaching students.

It is a formal education program in which a student learns at least in part through delivery of content and instruction via digital and online media with some element of student control over time, place, path, or pace. While still attending a “brick-and-mortar” school structure, face-to-face classroom methods are combined with computer-mediated activities.

It’s increasingly used to describe the way e-learning is being combined with traditional classroom methods and independent study to create a new, hybrid teaching methodology.

Why Blended Learning?

Blended learning has many advantages, to name but a few:

What is the future of Blended Learning?

According to Alan Amory, worldwide trends in education go towards blended learning methods, which currently focus most on instructive and cognitive learning. Hopefully including more mediative education in future, Alan added as a side note to his talk at the Cornerstone Institute.

Regardless how quickly blended learning is integrated in the education system, one thing is clear: With nowadays technology you can access any information online and teach yourself as much as you like.

The one thing you’d need to learn for that however, is how to learn.

As most of us learned in a traditional one-way instructive-only environment, we need to ask ourselves: How can we design teaching better, now that we have the opportunity to rethink education systems with the implementation of blended learning.

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