What are the pros and cons of blended learning? Are there practical ways to introduce technology to the classroom? What potential do teachers see in technology tools and why is this important? TESL professionals looking for research on blended language instruction in settlement programs have a convenient new place to start; The LearnIT2teach Project has just released a searchable online database of annotations and links to relevant articles. “Adult Settlement Blended Language Training: Selected Annotated Bibliography.”
This resource summarizes more than 90 articles from the research literature. The bibliography is divided into searchable categories including Digital Literacy, Innovations, Instructional Design and Ongoing Issues.
Researchers Trudy Kennell and Maria Moriarty researched and wrote the bibliography. According to Trudy and Maria, “We were glad to have this opportunity. It gave us a chance to apply our separate backgrounds and depth of knowledge in the areas of language learning and blended learning. We were able to critically analyze some very useful research.”
An interesting surprise for the authors was the importance of digital technologies and the Internet in the lives of newcomers to Canada and the role information technology plays in helping people stay connected to their home country while adapting and adjusting to life in Canada. Making their job a bit easier was, “The availability of such a wealth of material freely available – and just a couple of clicks away – educators, researchers and scholars are so generous in sharing their thinking and their work.”
The database is open for exploration at http://bib.learnit2teach.ca/