Blended learning has taken the academic world by storm. But does it really work?

According to a new roundup of case studies spanning multiple universities in Australia, blended synchronous learning can improve student retention rates and ease the concern that online students aren’t getting the same education as on-campus students.

But, and it’s a huge ‘but,’ it’s only successful if blended learning is done right.

Researchers from Macquarie University, Charles Stuart University, and the University of Melbourne identified seven recent case studies from leading universities, which used diverse technologies in blended synchronous learning to enhance student and faculty collaboration. According to their findings, this innovative form of education apparently resulted in better retention rates for online students and more effective learning.

Though this concern is presented from Australia, it’s also a concern cited by many U.S. colleges and universities. According to the authors of the study, blended learning creates “an enhanced sense of community between remote and face-to-face participants.”

Read the 7 case studies, which reveal best practices for tech, learning support when combining face-to-face and online students.

Source: Meris Stansbury | Blended learning design advice for collaboration & retention | 21 August, 2014 | ecampusnews.com

Check out this infographic for more details on the Blended Learning concept.

Blended Learning Infographic

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