Journal of the Research Center for Educational Technology, Vol 5, No 1 (2009)

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Blending with Purpose: The Multimodal Model

Anthony Picciano


The purpose of this article is to propose a blending with purpose multimodal conceptual model for designing and developing blended learning courses and programs. A blended learning model is presented that suggests that instruction be designed to meet the needs of a variety of learners. Specifically, Blending with Purpose: The Multimodal Model recognizes that because learners represent different generations, different personality types, and different learning styles, teachers and instructional designers should seek to use multiple approaches including face-to-face methods and online technologies that address the learning needs of a wide spectrum of students. A major benefit of multiple modalities is that they allow students to experience learning in ways in which they are most comfortable while challenging them to experience and learn in other ways as well. Critical to this model is the concept that academic program and course goals and objectives drive the pedagogical approaches and technologies used. Issues related to definitions of blended learning, how teachers and students use technology, generational characteristics among student populations, personality types, and learning styles are examined. This article is based on presentations made at workshops sponsored by the University of Illinois – Chicago and the Sloan Consortium in 2008.

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