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Pitfalls Of Blended Learning

  1. 1. Pitfalls of Blended Learning EU Project Comble http://blr.comble-project.eu Christian Niemczik and Dr. Elke Brenstein
  2. 2. Pitfalls of Blended Learning <ul><li>The University of Applied Sciences Wildau </li></ul><ul><li>Established in 1991 and attracts over 3400 students </li></ul><ul><li>The biggest amount of third-party funds acquired in Germany. </li></ul><ul><li>University of Tartu </li></ul><ul><li>Biggest university in Estonia; 18.000 students </li></ul><ul><li>A lot of projects within e-learning and blended learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Aalborg University </li></ul><ul><li>Well know for project based learning; 14.000 students </li></ul><ul><li>A front-runner within the area of ICT technology. </li></ul><ul><li>Maria Curie Sklodowska University, Lublin </li></ul><ul><li>33.000 students </li></ul><ul><li>High usage of e-learning </li></ul>Partners
  3. 3. <ul><li>Decision Makers </li></ul>Pitfalls of Blended Learning Trainers Educators Learners Students
  4. 4. BL Readiness Pitfalls of Blended Learning <ul><li>Learning institutions starting with BL </li></ul><ul><li>BLR Wiki: Challenges & Solutions </li></ul><ul><li>Coaching </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Organisational, technical, methodical and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>psychological aspects </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. The Blended Learning Promise Pitfalls of Blended Learning <ul><li>Better learning results 30%; Thomson Job Impact Study </li></ul><ul><li>Cost-effectiveness reducing the amount of time needed for face-to-face instruction; Alvarez </li></ul><ul><li>Effective approach to deliver high-quality, up-to-date, on-demand learning solutions; Thorne </li></ul>
  6. 6. But ... Pitfalls of Blended Learning <ul><li>The trainers tend to stay in their way of teaching. </li></ul><ul><li>Universities don't pay the professors for content production or for online tutoring. </li></ul><ul><li>Who will produce the content in further education institutions - copyright and freelancers? Updates? </li></ul><ul><li>What about data privacy protection in companies? </li></ul><ul><li>How to measure the ROI? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Pitfalls of Blended Learning <ul><li>Collect problems </li></ul><ul><li>Collect solutions </li></ul><ul><li>Bring both together </li></ul>
  8. 8. Business Education University Education Further Education Pitfalls of Blended Learning Management Trainer Administration Professor Management Instructor
  9. 9. Problems, Pitfalls & Solutions (?) some examples Pitfalls of Blended Learning
  10. 10. Pitfalls and Solutions(?)‏ Trainer resist to changes Traditional background, no acceptance management What to do? Support trainers. Start with early adopters. Talk to them. What do they think? Cosider: change takes time! Pitfalls of Blended Learning
  11. 11. Pitfalls and Solutions(?)‏ Lack of institutional support No overall BL strategy and coordination Professors have no benefit What to do? Make sure instructors are credited for their efforts. Ensure that learners have time set aside for learning. Difficult: universities Pitfalls of Blended Learning
  12. 12. Pitfalls and Solutions(?)‏ Content production Unclear intellectual property rights What to do? Make clear what happens with the produced content! Trainer workshops (5 trainers – one topic)‏ Pitfalls of Blended Learning
  13. 13. Pitfalls and Solutions(?)‏ Content production in further/vocational e. It takes time and costs money. Employees, Freelancers, Apprentices What to do? Content production workshops. Easy tools for content authoring. Freelancers can use their produced content elsewhere. Apprentices produce the content – employees or freelancers will update it. Pitfalls of Blended Learning
  14. 14. Pitfalls and Solutions(?)‏ Data protection in companies Laws and fear What to do? Local installations Very difficult!! Pitfalls of Blended Learning
  15. 15. Pitfalls and Solutions(?)‏ Trainer competencies (ICT and methods)‏ BL = E-learning + traditional face-to-face classes What to do? Regular workshops Class learning should be active and collaborative to prepare for online learning sessions Pitfalls of Blended Learning
  16. 16. Pitfalls and Solutions(?)‏ <ul><li>Decision Makers don’t see the benefit </li></ul><ul><li>Want proof of improved ROI </li></ul><ul><li>What to do? </li></ul><ul><li>Explain what non-tangible benefits BL can provide: like the </li></ul><ul><li>quality of learning; long term objectives: better </li></ul><ul><li>learning competencies </li></ul>Pitfalls of Blended Learning
  17. 17. Pitfalls and Solutions(?)‏ No time for online learning Online activities and collaboration are not given enough attention due to busy work schedules What to do? Separate learning rooms Feedback Pitfalls of Blended Learning
  18. 18. Pitfalls and Solutions(?)‏ Learners lack basic skills Lack of experience with online learning tools and methods What to do? ICT in F2F – integrated Foster self and group learning in F2F Pitfalls of Blended Learning
  19. 19. Pitfalls of Blended Learning
  20. 20. What about an interview? Support with an analysis of the Status Quo Recommendations for Improvement Learning about Best Practice Examples http://blr.comble-project.eu [email_address] Pitfalls of Blended Learning

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