Title: Higher Education: The Future is Blended
Stream: Higher Education
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation
Matthew Montebello, University of Malta, Malta
Vanessa Camilleri, University of Malta, Malta
Properly designed Online education matches face-to-face effectiveness, and should only conveniently revert to it when required providing an interchangeable alternative in the form of blended learning. Blended learning provides the benefits of both modalities within a hybrid arrangement that enables learners to adopt the most opportune learning environment that optimises their learning process while at the same time intensifying their learning experience. Employing both modalities, virtual and face-to-face, in tandem is not only possible, but provides an appropriate option that should be allowed to the learner to choose which and when to adopt when attending class, wherever this may be happening. In this paper, we report on a study that employs a blended learning methodology throughout a programme of study for undergraduate students. We delve into the rationale as well as the details of how we implemented the hybrid environment and offer numerous findings and recommendations from both the learners’ and educators’ perspectives and experiences that shed light on other teaching contexts and how we perceive the future of higher education will be in the post-pandemic period.
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