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Case for Blended Instruction

EDG 621
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Anthony DiLaura

on 23 April 2010

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Transcript of Case for Blended Instruction

A Case for Blended Instruction
in Secondary Education What is Blended Instruction? Also called Hybrid instruction, blended instruction is the integration of face to face learning with online learning This presents a paradigm shift in where and how students allocate their time spent learning course content...mainly online. Versus "The convergence of classroom learning and online learning is the singel greatest unrecognized trend in education today." President of Penn State Univ. Does this remain true at the secondary level?
Is this style of learning appropriate and beneficial
for the high school learner?

What are the benefits? drawbacks? key elements and unanswered questions
surrounding blended instruction? Benefits of Blended Instruction -Improve teacher presentation
-improve student response
-increase student ownership- student pace of learning
-maintains social context of classroom (vs. totally online)
-accessible information outside of classroom walls
-shift from stand and deliver to student driven learning
-increased communication between student and instructor Drawbacks of Blended Instruction increased Student ownership- motivation / accountability
course design ensuring the right balance of f2f instruction
time and technical support...just not enough of it.
timely or untimely feedback
Course Design Considerations: -30% to 70% of time is spent online the
other 70% to 30% of time is f2f.
- 9 Principles from the Universal design for instructuion
1. Equitable use
2. Flexible course design
3. Simple and intuitive
4. Perceptible information
5. Tolerance for error
6. Low physical effort
7. appropriate size and space
8. build a community of learners
9. healthy instructional climate
other ideas from research:
-team building exercises
-timely and frequent feedback
-consider needs of diverse learners Unanswered quesitons Working examples of secondary blended instruction?
Cost effective for schools?
How would b.i. change the educators job?
How would b.i. change a student's schedule?
Can b.i. really reform a system that has remained
unchanged for hundreds of years?
Are teachers willing to make b.i. a reality?
Are administrators willing to devote p.d. to b.i.? Conclusions and Recommendations -despite the unanswered questions b.i. holds too much potential to not give it a shot.
-research shows blended instruction produces higher levels of engagement and content retention than either single delivery method of f2f or all online learning.
-invest now in the time and technology to develop safe and high quality online environments.
- if uneasy with the idea slowly move content online. starting with 30% online and 70% ftf. gradualy add 5% to 10% of course content online each year.
traditional blended
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