Drawing lessons from the pandemic, Council adopts recommendation on blended learning

The Council has adopted a recommendation on blended learning approaches to achieve the goal of high-quality and inclusive primary and secondary education. Blended learnin can be defined as taking more than one approach to the learning process, combining school site and other physical environments away from the school site as well as digital (including online learning) and non-digital learning tools.”In the past one and a half year, home schooling and distance learning became a new reality for many pupils, teachers and parents. While we all hope we can overcome this pandemic as quickly as possible we should keep some of the learnings of this period in mind when looking at the future of education. I encourage us all to explore how blending different teaching environments as well as learning tools such as face-to-face and digital learning can make our education better equipped for the future.”
Simona Kustec, Slovenian minister of Education, Science and SportThe recommendation puts forward both short-term measures as a direct response to the crisis as well as long-term actions. Among other things, member states are recommended to support learners to remediate the learning loss caused by partial school closures and boost the development of their (and their families’) digital skills and competences. The recommendation also proposes that member states embed blended learning approaches in teacher education and their continued professional development programmes, invest in high-speed internet connectivity for school-site and distance learning environments and make full use of EU funds and expertise for reforms and investment in infrastructure, tools and pedagogy

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