Nowadays, technology has become a key driver for education delivery, where the phase of the Internet-enabled collaboration provides a vision of what was once not possible. As we see this vision taking shape in the present, the Internet enables collaboration, breaks down geographical barriers across the globe and provides access to information anywhere, anytime. In the same way that the world is experiencing climate change, education is seemingly experiencing the same fate. If climate change is not addressed today, we will continue on a disastrous path. In essence, we have to continuously improve our education practices to keep it relevant worth the financial value that we place on it. As the world becomes more globalized, technological changes accelerate, innovation and creativity increases, the need for improved teaching and learning has become mission-critical.
As a result, new types of learning are introduced. Whereas in the past, learning was competitive, coercive, and paternalistic, the new ethic of learning is collaborative, global, and universal. It is collaborative in that learners need to work with each other building strong learning. It is global in the sense that every society has contribution to make and a responsibility to each other. And it is universal because every part of the society must invest in learning and participate.
To counter the effects on negative educational changes, institutions have made heavy investments in technologies such as learning management systems which enables online learning to be embedded in the curriculum. On the other hand, Blended learning – the combination of face-to-face learning and online learning is playing a vital role on Institutions. U.S. Secretary of Education, has said, “Blended learning is playing a vital role, as school opera- tors begin to rethink the structure and delivery of education…it is the new normal.” (Staker, 2011).
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