Now is an exciting time to be pursuing an education online. Hundreds of universities offer online courses and degree programs, and the quality of these programs gets better each year. Gone are the days when taking an online course just meant logging in to access your assignments and exams. Today, blended learning, or the union between face-to-face instruction and technology-based learning, is producing new and creative ways to enrich the educational experience and make learning fun, exciting, and more relevant than ever.
PBIA has been a pioneer in providing cutting-edge blended learning programs since the late 1990’s, and that experience shows in every one of [email protected]’s courses and programs.
Core Features of Blended Learning
- Online materials and activities complement face-to-face work.
- Collaborative learning activities involving shared whiteboards, digital editing tools, virtual labs and simulations, and videoconferencing
- Online and face-to-face instructional components are designed to interact pedagogically to take advantage of the best features of each
The Research Is In
- Blended learning increases student engagement
- Blended learning improves student achievement
- Blended learning enhances students’ cognitive flexibility
- Blended learning helps students develop executive function skills such as self-direction, self-regulation, and self-pacing
- Blended learning improves student satisfaction
A Brief History of Blended Learning
- 1728: The world’s first distance learning course is established in Boston, with lessons sent by mail.
- 1922: Penn State begins offering courses through the radio
- 1968: Stanford University begins offering courses through its own TV network
- 1976: University of Phoenix is founded to give working adults flexible higher education options
- 1997: California Virtual University, a consortium of California colleges, is launched, offering the first accredited online university courses
- 2002: MIT launches the OpenCourseWare project, the world’s first MOOC
- 2003: The free internet videoconferencing program Skype is released, allowing face-to-face instruction at a distance
- 2004: 81% of colleges offer at least one online class
- 2009: Google releases Google Docs, the world’s first online collaborative tool set
- 2009: The number of students taking online courses reaches 5.5 million; experiments in blended learning abound
- 2010: 83% of CEOs and small business owners in the United States consider online degrees to be as credible as traditional degrees
- 2014: [email protected] is founded and begins integrating one-on-one tutorials into accredited online courses
- 2015: 98% of public colleges and universities offer online programs