There is an increased focus on student learning in blended/online programs. An important consideration in improving the student outcomes in a blended/online course is to look at the type of learning experience or how students will acquire knowledge. Learning experience can be described in terms of the amount of control the learner has interacting with content and the nature of the learning activities.
Conventional instruction or didactic learning experiences are those in which content is transmitted to the student by lecture or written materials. In contrast, active learning is where the student builds knowledge by actively engaging in the learning process through inquiry-based manipulations such as online drills, simulations, or games.
Interactive learning allows the student to build knowledge through inquiry-based collaborative interaction with other learners. In this learning environment the teacher becomes a co-participant in the experience and acts as a facilitator guiding the students.
We provide additional information on the Best Practices and Review Standards for Blended/Online Instruction (PDF Document). (You need Adobe Reader to view and print this document.)
See Hybrid or Blended Learning Resources (content, resources, and best practices).
See introduction on Bloom's Taxonomy (using tools or technologies to facilitate learning).