This paper covers three main areas. First, I offer a conceptualisation of blended learning that captures more accurately than alternative definitions what is happening at the cutting edge of blended learning course design. Second, I outline many of the economic, political and educational rationales for the drive towards e-learning and its many variants including blended learning. Finally, I look at the implementation of a blended learning strategy in Hispanic Studies at Nottingham Trent University. The main focus is on the course-related reasons for moving towards greater reliance on online learning. I also discuss the pedagogical framework underpinning the design of a final year module offered on the programme entitled, Contemporary Latin American Society, and describe the range of online learning resources that have been developed to support the delivery of this module.
|Keywords:||Language Learning, Higher Education, Blended Learning, E-learning, Asynchronous Communication, Student Performance and Satisfaction|
Modern Languages Programme Leader, Modern Languages and International Studies, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, UK
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