University World News: Achieving access to quality blended learning for all
Collectively, we face significant gaps when it comes to ensuring universal access to well-functioning ecosystems to support the delivery of quality online and blended learning programmes. The fundamental enablers, both internally and externally, are simply not present in many countries to make online delivery of learning programmes quality assured and, therefore, officially recognized.
In line with SDG 4, mainstreaming blended learning requires different levels of new norms, including through regulating, institutionalizing, financing, empowering and incentivizing. Mainstreaming involves policy support from the government, infrastructure development and upgrading, institutional capacity-building, professional development of faculty, as well as working in partnership and networking. These constitute the ecosystem needed to support the effective implementation of blended learning at higher education institutions.