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Is it really “blended learning” or is it just “learning”?

People know that my mom and dad are amazing cooks, and they will often tell me how much they leave Greek food. I will always say to them, “Do you know what we call ‘Greek’ food in my house? Food.”

Maybe the analogy doesn’t connect, but I feel the same way about the term “blended learning”, in which many of our students might just simply call “learning”.  To me, it would be the equivalent of referring to “reading a book” to “paper learning”. It is just learning.

If you google “What is blended learning?”, you will find the following definition:

Blended learning 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.

Right now, I do not think of this blog as “blending my learning” even though it is online and I was in a face-to-face setting earlier. It is just the way I connect and deepen my thinking.  Is Googling something when you are interested really something that we would deem “blended” in 2016?

Why I point this out is not for people to feel bad for using the term “blended learning”. My hope is that we get to a point that having an online component to our classrooms where students have an opportunity to learn with “control over time, place, path, or pace”, just becomes what we see as the norm, not the exception,

You can’t get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good. Jerry West (1)