As I mentioned before, I prefer to keep an open mind about the proposed blended CELTA course until I see details of what it will involve.
Ari seems to think that I am opposed in principle to distance and/or to blended distance/on-site courses. Perhaps he has forgotten that I have run distance TESOL courses for years through English International and that I also regularly teach on the distance MA TESOL run by the New School in New York.
My hope is that the proposed new program will include elements to insure that there is plenty of interactivity among participants and between participants and trainers. This is certainly possible using existing technological and software resources such as Moodle, Skype and Blackboard. One quick example. Ari assumes that participants will not be able to benefit from seeing the "failures and successes" of other participants. I don't see why this should be the case. In the MA TESOL program at the New School, participants post videos of their practice lessons so that their colleagues and the their trainers can watch and comment on them.
So, not having Ari's ability to see into the future, I will wait to see what the proposed blended CELTA involves before I decide whether or not I like it. Similarly, I will actually watch tomorrow's WC final between Spain and the Netherlands rather than just take the word of the Anglo-German octopus about how the match will play out.