This webinar explores the concept of Blended Learning and what it might look like for teachers and learners, including the integration of in-school and other learning environments, and the use of a range of tools within diverse learning tasks. Moving from theory to practice, the discussion focuses on the need to plan for blended learning and design blends that are fit for different contexts, to ensure a greater flexibility in the learning process. The role of teachers is key in designing and implementing such blends.
Mariya Gabriel is the European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth. Under her leadership, the new Horizon Europe, Erasmus+, and the cultural strand of Creative Europe programmes (2021-2027) will be implemented. Between 2017 and 2019, Mariya Gabriel was European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society. She is First Vice-President of the European People’s Party (EPP), and, since 2012, Vice-President of EPP Women. Commissioner Gabriel is a board member of the United Nations youth programme Generation Unlimited. She is ranked among the 50 most influential women in Europe in the field of cybersecurity by the leading European cybersecurity magazine SC Media UK (2019). Mariya Gabriel is also known for her involvement in the fight for gender equality. Among others, she received the prestigious Italian prize “Golden Apple”. In November 2020, Commissioner Gabriel received the Annual Award of the Vienna Economic Forum “Partner of the Year 2020”.
Michael Hallissy is a former primary teacher and national ICT advisor who has worked in the field of digital education for over 25 years. He is currently working with educators across all levels on designing and implementing engaging online and blended learning experiences, as for instance with the TeachNimble Programme that he and his colleagues have developed. Michael has contributed to the development of three digital strategies for schools with the Irish Department of Education and has most recently worked with the European Commission’s ET2020 Digital Education: Learning, Teaching and Assessment (DELTA) Working Group, and the ET2020 Working Group Schools on the topic of Blended Learning.
Hannah Grainger Clemson
Hannah Grainger Clemson worked as a teacher, including mentoring new teachers, and then moved to university-based education research and teacher education before joining the European Commission as Schools Policy Officer. She was Co-ordinator of the ET2020 Working Group on Schools and moderated the Distance Learning Network of ministry representatives, set up to support Member States’ peer learning during the first months of the pandemic. She is currently project leader for work on Blended Learning.