Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Blended Learning and Sustainable Development

  • Sally CairdEmail author
  • Robin Roy
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_197



Blended learning may be defined as the design of learning experiences that draw on a combination of face-face, distance, or online delivery methods, learning technologies, delivery multimedia, and pedagogical methodologies to achieve a mix of learning outcomes in educational or training contexts. Blended learning designs can support sustainable development, including the social, economic, and environmental dimensions of sustainability and protect global environmental resources to meet the needs of the present and future generations.


The concept of blended learning has its origins in the 1960s when new options for technology-mediated education became available to complement conventional approaches to face-to-face teaching in higher education (HE) and other contexts. There are several synonyms for...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, School of Engineering and InnovationThe Open UniversityMilton KeynesUK

Section editors and affiliations

  • Ingrid Molderez
    • 1
  1. 1.KU LeuvenLeuvenBelgium