The Value of Hybrid/Blended Learning

Nancy White, Jul 23, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I said recently "outside formal education institutions, the hybrid model is virtually nonexistent" and received some pushback, for example, from Nancy White. She says, "in my world, which is definitely outside post-secondary education and not in Canada, blended models are front and center." She lists as examples FAO’s most successful learning programs, and the Management Sciences for Health, Virtual Leadership Development program, as well as the The Blended Learning Implementation Guide recently released by Digital Learning Now (DLN). All good examples, but all cases where learning is offered by instutions. Sure, they're not colleges or universities, but they're certainly not instances of self-managed informal learning either. I think the closest you copuld come to hybrid learning in the non-institutional learning community might be things like barcamps and hackathons.

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