Blended Learning and e-Learning, Explained
Please provide examples of blended and e-learning.
Udemy uses a marketplace model for learning and teaching online. It has more than 13 million students who can choose from a library of 40,000 courses taught by experts in 80 different languages.
Students and teachers come from 190 countries, many of whom are professionals looking to upgrade their skills or wanting to share their expertise. Richard Qiu, Udemy vice-president for business development, notes that skills and knowledge from college are no longer enough to reach career success. "We need additional skills to keep our job or get a new job. We need to take our skills to the new level."
As a marketplace, Udemy also provides experts a way to become instructors. They can teach anything they like and create their own online courses using Udemy’s free-to-use course design tools. It also offers Udemy for Business which offers subscription access to a collection of business-relevant courses and a platform to host and distribute proprietary content.
IndonesiaX is a nonprofit organization that offers massive open online courses, also known as MOOCs. It focuses on developing online education, expanding wider access to high quality education, and providing life skills. Its learning management system—designed specifically for the people of Indonesia and presented in Bahasa Indonesia—supports the vision of the government of Indonesia to improve public access to certified training and educational excellence.
Patterned after EdX, the concept allows anyone to learn whenever and wherever from the best instructors from universities. But IndonesiaX added another dimension by tapping companies and institutions in Indonesia and abroad to conduct online lectures. It has signed partnerships with institutions such as the Bank of Indonesia, Institute of Technology Bandung, Indonesia Stock Exchange, and Indonesia Financial Services Authority.
IndonesiaX develops its own curriculum with the help of its partners and advisors.
In Bhutan, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is supporting an innovative approach to blended learning for math education. MathCloud, a Korean-developed system is uniquely adapted for each learner, and provides individually paced exercises. The exercises in MathCloud have been adapted and reordered to relate to the specific aspects taught week by week in the national math curriculum.
The system is being piloted in eight secondary schools for Year 8 students. Whereas in other schools the students have five classes a week in traditional mode, in the eight pilot schools the students have three "traditional" classes and two "individual with MathCloud" classes. The pilot also highlights the technical, administrative and capacity issues involved in introducing blended learning into a developing country context.
Level Training in the University of South Pacific
The University of the South Pacific is using new technologies to improve access to university level training. ADB is providing funds to upgrade the systems necessary to provide technology for distance education delivery. This will improve access to post-secondary training programs to students from remote outer islands, and is an example of the equalizing potential of e-learning. It will also improve students’ skills in information technology and familiarize students with communication technologies and tools that are used in the workplace.
At the school level, the Government of Samoa is committed to increasing the ICT capacity across schools, for administrative as well as for e-learning. Supported by ADB, the initiative identifies and develops ICT competencies and best practices for using e-learning resources in classroom teaching and learning processes. This will enhance the quality of education and cost-effectively improve student learning outcomes in six academic subjects aligned with government priorities in mathematics and science. The project will also encourage, via Internet, communication among schools domestically and internationally.
The views expressed in these articles are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Asian Development Bank, its management, its Board of Directors, or its members.