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Blended Learning and e-Learning, Explained

The use of information and communication technology in teaching and learning is helping improve student learning outcomes and boost access to education. Photo credit: ADB.
The use of information and communication technology in teaching and learning is helping improve student learning outcomes and boost access to education. Photo credit: ADB.

How technology is used in and outside the classroom to improve access to education

Introduction

The widespread use of the internet and the revolution in information and communication technology (ICT) have led to new methods in teaching and learning, such as blended learning and e-learning.

There are about 3.4 billion internet users in the world, close to half of the world’s population. They access the internet through personal computers, tablets, and around 1.4 billion smartphones.

Research estimates that 200 million people will use online learning in 2018, compared to 60 million in 2013. Benefits seem strongest when online learning is coupled with (not replacing) face-to-face learning, with blended learning perceived to be more effective than face-to-face learning for problem solving skills (20%) and for recalling facts (13%).


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Meet the expert

  • Karina Veal    
    Senior Education Specialist, Asian Development Bank

    Karina Veal provides strategic and technical advice across ADB's growing education sector operations to assist developing countries meet their education priorities. She focuses on innovative solutions to emerging issues such as 'blended' learning, effective industry engagement, and public-private sharing of educational facilities. Before joining ADB in 2012, she operated an independent consultancy practice in education for development, working with UN and bilateral agencies. Prior to that, she held a variety of public policy leadership and advisory roles.

   Education, Information and communication technology
   Last updated: April 2017

 




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