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Blended Learning 97 2003

  1. 1. Blended Learning A study of online & traditional classroom learning Ann Yates March 2009
  2. 2. Study Citation <ul><li>Blankson, J. & Kyei-Blankson, L. (2008) </li></ul><ul><li>Nontraditional students’ perception of a blended course: integrating synchronous online discussion and face-to-face instruction </li></ul><ul><li>Journal of Interactive Learning Research , 19 (3), p. 421-439. </li></ul>
  3. 3. What Problem (Challenge!) Does the Study Address? <ul><li>Teaching nontraditional (NT) college students </li></ul>Create a mental image of an NT student (you may be one!) What challenges do you associate with an NT student?
  4. 4. The Authors Define NT Students <ul><li>NT students typically are </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ older” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>attend part-time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>first generation to attend college </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>have families </li></ul></ul>Does that match your image?
  5. 5. The Authors Define the “NT Student Challenge” Academics now compete with family, employment, social obligations NT students require “… flexible hours or using more flexible [learning] formats…” (p.422) and
  6. 6. … by focusing their study on Blended learning, the “integration of online discussion with traditional class instruction” (p. 422). The Authors Responded to the Challenge…
  7. 7. The Study Purpose <ul><li>To discover: </li></ul><ul><li>How satisfied students are with blended learning </li></ul><ul><li>If integrating online and face-to- </li></ul><ul><li>face sessions provide “ active and engaged learning opportunities ” </li></ul><ul><li>If students are “ comfortable ” participating in online sessions </li></ul><ul><li>(p. 422) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Have you ever been in a blended classroom? If you have, keep it in mind as we discuss the this study…
  9. 9. The Study Methodology <ul><li>Case studies of 15 NT students in a </li></ul><ul><li>4-year liberal arts college, taking a blended educational psychology class </li></ul><ul><li>Met twice a week in a </li></ul><ul><li>traditional classroom setting </li></ul><ul><li>Met once a week online in synchronous discussion </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Collection of Study Data </li></ul><ul><li>Questionnaire with quantitative and qualitative components </li></ul><ul><ul><li>40 Likert-scale items: rank responses from “strongly agree” to “strongly disagree “ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>using numbers 1 to 5 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>5 open-ended questions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consider online tool(s) you would use to create this questionnaire electronically </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Study Results <ul><li>93% of students agreed blended class format was a “productive use of class time” </li></ul><ul><li>93% felt more “engaged” with blended learning </li></ul><ul><li>87% felt studying was more “enjoyable” in blended learning </li></ul><ul><li>80% of students felt “comfortable” with online discussions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>93% felt online discussions helped them “express differing opinions” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>87% felt online discussions facilitated asking “awkward” questions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(p. 430) </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Student Comments “ Integrating on-line discussion with face-to-face classroom sessions was a good way to encourage participation” (p. 431) “ I believe that online discussion should be used in more courses. This is the 21st century; we need to become more technologically savvy” (p. 431)
  13. 13. My Critical Reaction to the Study Concept <ul><li>Blended learning: the best of both worlds </li></ul><ul><li>Traditional classroom time allows face-to-face observations and interactions to better know and understand each other </li></ul><ul><li>Learning can be blended with </li></ul><ul><li>varying “ingredients,” i.e., </li></ul><ul><li>online synchronous, online </li></ul><ul><li>asynchronous, traditional, and </li></ul><ul><li>more, to create a “custom blend” </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Final Thoughts </li></ul><ul><li>What about… </li></ul><ul><li>A larger study with more e-learning in the blend? </li></ul><ul><li>Find research funding from </li></ul><ul><li>e-learning companies who </li></ul><ul><li>benefit from increased </li></ul><ul><li>academic web use? </li></ul>

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