Everything is Blended Learning
Prof. Michalis Xenos University of Patras, Greece
In this keynote presentation we will look at the statement that Everything is Blended Learning, where we will discuss recent research by the speaker and others about educational technologies. To then argue that the modern educational technologies have blurred the distinction between campus-based and distance learning to the extent that formal education today is, in most cases, blended learning. We will discuss educational technologies from early tools to today’s innovations including, inter alia, Personal Learning Environments, Social Learning Networks, Game Based and Enhanced Learning, Virtual Learning Environments, Virtual Classrooms, LMSs and MOOCs. And to further discuss best practices and we will present challenges for future research in educational technologies.
Education is too Important to still Teach like we’re in the Middle Ages
Carlos Delgado Kloos, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
Education is key to prosperity and welfare; however, we are not exploiting the full power of the tools available. Where other industries have embraced the most recent technologies and changed dramatically, education is somewhat stuck in the past. The MOOC movement has given an attention call of what is possible marrying technology and education. However, MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) and SPOCs (Small Private Online Courses) are not the end, but the beginning of a route to redefining education by changing all possible parameters. It is time to get rid of prejudices and established structures and advance towards a more efficient and meaningful education with the help of technology.