Measuring the Success of Active Blended Learning

Shan Wareing

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Active blended learning (ABL) is a defining aspect of the University of Northampton and has generated national and global interest. Within a few months of the author taking up a senior leadership position with the university, ABL was a significant positive factor in the university's ability to lock down the campus in response to COVID-19 and deliver education remotely. However, there is a scarcity of evaluation of ABL to provide evidence of the scale of its adoption in the university, its forms in different academic disciplines, its impact on different groups of students, and how to improve its effectiveness. Ideally, evaluation is always integral to pedagogic initiatives. It is however a reality that evaluation comes with challenges. This chapter explores why evaluation is so important and also so difficult. It proposes a way forward in the context of ABL by combining nationally available metrics with small-scale case studies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCases on Active Blended Learning in Higher Education
EditorsBrenda Cecillia Padilla Rodriguez, Alejandro Armellini
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)1799878562, 9781799878582
ISBN (Print)1799878562, 9781799878582, 9781799878568, 9781799878575
Publication statusPublished - 12 Feb 2021

Publication series

NameCases on Active Blended Learning in Higher Education
PublisherIGI Global
ISSN (Print)2326-8905


  • Blended Learning
  • Higher Education
  • ABL


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