“If blended learning is emerging as more effective, and possibly efficient, should we really be building quite as many schools and colleges when blended, virtual and mobile learning could provide alternatives?"
With the increasing use of technology to facilitate one-on-one as well a one-to-many communications and access to resources, plus the ability to do this independent of time and location, the traditional view of classroom based instruction is now past its 'used-by' date as the most effective means of achieving success in student learning. Despite the evidence, our education leader and policy developers remain fixed on the idea of schools as physical entities, and focus on building buildings, with box-shaped learning spaces. The recent report from the US department of education provides ample evidence now that online and blended learning are more effective than straight face-to-face instruction for student learning. We need to be exploring blended, virtual learning and mobile learning strategies as alternatives,