Global and Lokal Distance Education - GLOKALde April 2021, ISSN 2148-7278
Volume: 7 Number: 1, Article 8
USE OF BLENDED LEARNING IN TEACHING OF HISTORY
The turn of the century has seen a paradigm shift in the process of teaching-learning transaction, the most crucial among them being the role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). Its application in teaching has been underway for quite some time particularly at the open universities and several distance teaching institutions. Its foray into the arena of education has met with mixed reaction. Every teacher, in particular the senior ones, has been apprehensive about her/his performance primarily because of the hangover of the traditional system and also the xenophobia about technology. But the current pandemic has brought about a significant change in our approach towards handling teaching-learning transactions. Dependence on technology is not a matter of choice, but has become a viable alternative. The question that is getting raised is – Is there no way to revive face-to-face teaching? And there comes the mode of Blended Learning with the glimmer of hope that all that of face-to-face (F2F) teaching is not over. We need to judiciously blend ICT with F2F. In this regard, the next round of questions is – Why to blend? What to blend? How to blend? In this connection this paper basically aims to provide answers to these Why, What and How, which the authors have sought through their experiences of teaching-learning transactions of History at the Senior Secondary Level. Here inter alia one of the authors made a Power Point (PPT) Presentation on ‘Teaching of Mughal Architecture’ to a group of twenty-eight students and obtained their feedbacks. The learners got the first time exposure about Blended Learning and felt interested about exploring the various dimensions of this mode.