Our findings are limited to one year of experience. However, because the issue of communication is so interleaved with the other aspects of blended learning such as different media and modes of delivery, we believe that it is possibly one of the vital components of a blended learning course. Therefore we could add communication to our definition, which can be based on the Conversational Framework.
An initial definition of blended learning encompassed the need for an effective combination of different modes of delivery, methods of teaching and styles of learning. In the light of the above findings we believe that the definition would have to be either altered, or we will not be able to refer to our course as a “true” blended learning course. The course has room for improvement. We think that the Conversational Framework and the E-Moderating model are theories with potential and we hope these will add the necessary structure to our course; this will be tested in the coming years.
An appreciation of communication is so strong on a blended learning course that we feel that a new definition can therefore read as follows:
Blended Learning is learning that is facilitated by the effective combination of different modes of delivery, models of teaching and styles of learning, and founded on transparent communication amongst all parties involved with a course.