Effect Of Blended Learning On The Classroom

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As the 21st century has confronted us with the technological revolution and “change [has become] the hallmark of our time ”, we have had to adapt in almost all areas of life. It is only logical that the education sector has also experienced innumerable adjustments. The combination of trying to maintain the classical face-to-face concept of teaching yet integrating a technological aspect has come to coin the term ‘blended learning’. There are many discussions and disputes as this phenomenon has come about as to what blended learning actually involves and what is its fixed definition as outlined by Driscoll’s four blended learning concepts. For the purpose of this essay I will be referring to the mix and combination of face-to-face tutorial with any form of web-based or instructional technology (from collaborative learning, audio, video, interactive whiteboards to online platforms). I will be analysing the effects of blended learning in the pedagogical process in terms of time-efficiency, increased outreach for language learning opportunities, motivation and autonomous learning, learner and personality types and crucially, in language learning increased accessibility of “Ethnographic methods such as the use of ‘authentic’ material and contact with native speakers ”. The 21st century pace of life has brought about a new lifestyle in all sectors, through which people’s time has become ever more precious. With the help of the technological revolution almost all areas of life
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