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Blended Lifelong Learning: A Practitioner’s Approach

Athanasios Apostolopoulos


This paper reports on the various theories of blended learning and student interaction with emphasis given to lifelong/adult learning. In our application, we assess the interaction elements established in Anderson and Miyazoe, and namely that teacher-student interaction takes precedent in skill-based training. Our empirical case study also largely corroborates most of the claims made by Knowles’ andragogy concept. We demonstrate that technology itself can never be a substitute for sound teaching, but it can become a tremendous tool in designing and implementing a variety of previously unattainable strategies and courses within the existing natural constraints of online or blended learning. In addition, applications depend heavily not just on technical considerations and support, but on the contextsubject, the actors involved (tutors, students and support stuff ) and the ability of all the parties involved to adapt in a timely fashion to unforeseen challenges in synchronicity. On the whole, it seems that by its very nature, blended learning is well suited to mature students since they are likely to be influenced by time and cost constraints while they have the personal motivation and experience necessary to be able to make constructive suggestions for improvements to a given course or curriculum.


Adult learning, Andragogy, Blended learning, Interaction, Lifelong learning, Formazione continua degli adulti, Interazione

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7358/ecps-2014-010-apos


Journal of Educational, Cultural and Psychological Studies (ECPS)
Registered by Tribunale di Milano (19/05/2010 n. 278)
Online ISSN 2037-7924 - Print ISSN 2037-7932

Research Laboratory on Didactics and Evaluation - Department of Education - "Roma Tre" University

Executive Editor: Gaetano Domenici - Managing  Editor: Valeria Biasci
Editorial Board: Giuditta Alessandrini - Eleftheria Argyropoulou - Massimo Baldacci - Joao Barroso - Richard Bates - Christofer Bezzina - Paolo Bonaiuto - Lucia Boncori - Pietro Boscolo - Sara Bubb  - Carlo Felice Casula - Jean-Émile Charlier - Lucia Chiappetta Cajola - Carmela Covato - Jean-Louis Derouet - Peter Early - Franco Frabboni - Constance Katz - James Levin - Pietro Lucisano  - Roberto Maragliano - Romuald Normand - Michael Osborne - Donatella Palomba - Michele Pellerey - Clotilde Pontecorvo - Vitaly V. Rubtzov - Jaap Scheerens - Noah W. Sobe - Francesco Susi - Giuseppe Spadafora - Pat Thomson
Editorial Staff: Fabio Alivernini - Guido Benvenuto - Anna Maria Ciraci - Massimiliano Fiorucci - Luca Mallia - Massimo Margottini - Giovanni Moretti - Carla Roverselli 
Editorial Secretary:
Nazarena Patrizi