What is this research about?
This report presents the background, procedures, main findings, and implications of the research project “Researching the Effects of Blended Learning in LINC” conducted by the LearnIT2Teach Project during September 2017 – June 2018. The purpose of the research project was to examine the effects of blended learning for learning and teaching in LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada), the language and settlement program for immigrants funded by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
What did the researchers find?
Overall "students and teachers in this school board program indicated a high level of engagement with blended learning plus support and advocacy for the approach. The benefits they highlighted included accessibility to English language learning beyond the classroom. But above and beyond that, they demonstrated commitment to learning through this approach as a means to authentic learning of language, technology, and settlement or “life” skills, as well as the benefits of autonomy and flexibility which enhanced participation. There were notable benefits for curriculum, teaching, and program development, as well improvements in the implementation of PBLA and LINC activities."
Research findings are organized into the following sections: