Blended learning dates back to when technology started to become part of the means to educate students or train employees. It is a teaching/learning method that is embraced in both educational institutions and corporate training providers.
Blended learning previously was simply defined as a method of instruction that combined technology with the traditional brick and mortar classroom setting thereby creating a new learning format. It was developed as a way to maximize the time spent in the classroom and minimize the time spent getting to class. As technology evolved, so have the core elements of blended learning. Now the blend can combine the face-to-face class with email, text messaging, podcasting, vidcasting, blogs, web conferencing tools and other tools used to connect learners to each other and to the instructor. It can mean that all class assignment (individual or group) are done online while the hands on learning is done in the classroom on-campus or on site in the lab. The definition has become quite personal according to the instructor creating the blend and the student who chooses it.
A recent study released by Eduventures indicates that online students enroll with institutions that are closest to them geographically. This trend reveals a seemingly natural desire for students to affiliate with a bricks and mortar campus which is an ideal opportunity to offer a blended learning solution to satisfy this desire.