In the summer of 2014 RECLAIM introduced the idea of "Blended Learning". Our focus is to use technology in order for our adult learners to have a shared responsibility for their learning.
Blended Learning in an adult literacy classroom uses the principles of adult learning and constructivism. Chickering and Gamson (1987) suggest that active learning and relationships improve learning. Classes are holistic, learner centred and interactive. Students learn critical thinking and problem solving skills while collaborating, creating and communicating with other students.
Blended learning promotes a “shared responsibility for learning . . . [because] education is a partnership between teachers and their adult students” (Bryson). Students learn independence and responsibility in a community of trust while “being offered choice and control over the ways that [they] learn” (Bryson).