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Blended courses blend face-to-face interaction such as in-class discussions, active group work, and live lectures with typically web-based educational technologies such as online course cartridges, assignments, discussion boards, and other web-assisted learning tools. The degree to which the design of blended courses utilize traditional classroom and online learning environments varies, being largely dependent on the subject matter and overall nature of a course. Regardless of design, such courses may be expected to deliver instruction in both an asynchronous and synchronous manner, and are becoming increasingly prevalent in today's society.

Indeed, blended courses have been described as "the most prominent instructional delivery solution" since they provide the ever-growing and increasingly diverse academic world with the flexibility of fully online learning along with valuable collaboration achieved through face-to-face student-student and student-instructor interaction. A recently published meta-analysis conducted by the U.S. Department of Education indicates that a blended course design has the potential to enable instructors to offer students a greater range of learning avenues and uphold educational and academic design standards, even when instructing large classes and non-traditional students living sizable distances away from campus. As a consequence of the latter, institutions of a higher education implement blended designs as a cost-effective strategy, utilizing staff and resources as effectively and efficiently as possible while standardizing the learning experience and relieving instructor discomfort generated by the larger traditional classroom environment.


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