Benefits, Challenges and Myths of Blended Learning in Language Education: A personal journey. : Benefits, Challenges and Myths of Blended Learning in Language Education: A personal journey. By
Tom Secrest Educational Objective : Educational Objective How to deliver high quality educational content in non-traditional ways, while still keeping students interested, motivated, and focused? Revolution vs. Evolution : Revolution vs. Evolution Blended Learning : Blended Learning Benefits : Benefits Students can learn when and where they want.
This gives students greater control over their daily schedule. Benefits : Benefits Students have more control and responsibility for what they learn.
Students can move quickly through easy material and spend more time on difficult material. Benefits : Benefits E-Learning can be an active experience.
E-Learning can reward success instantly. Benefits : Benefits Encourages curiosity, motivation, and problem solving skills.
Useful links allow students to follow their special interests. Benefits: Problem Solving : Benefits: Problem Solving Benefits: Problem Solving : Benefits: Problem Solving Students utilize new language skills to find and evaluate information needed to complete assignments. Benefits: Problems Solving : Benefits: Problems Solving Students practice new vocabulary and develop communication skills while working with others to complete assignments. Benefits: Problem Solving : Benefits: Problem Solving Students develop and practice writing skills during written communication with colleagues and instructors.
OpenOffice Student Challenges : Student Challenges Students have to master E-Learning technologies.
Classroom management software (Moodle)
Web browsers, Twitter
PowerPoint, Author Stream
Don’t assume that all students are computer savvy. Student Challenges : Student Challenges E-Leaning requires access to associated technology.
Required technology must not exceed what most students have available. Student Challenges : Student Challenges Loss of social contact
Have you ever wondered why some students never miss class?
Try to incorporate student interaction into your E-Learning classes. Student Challenges : Student Challenges Loss of personal interaction with instructors
Loss of positive and negative feedback
Instructors can be powerful motivators and E-Learning must seek to retain this relationship. Instructor Challenges : Instructor Challenges Technology learning curve
Computer operating systems
Web site authoring software
Programming languages I just don’t get paid enough for this! Instructor Challenges : Instructor Challenges Content Conversion
Create E-Learning content
Instructional and enjoyable content
Keeps students on task
Feedback and motivation
Assessments and assignments
Seamless integration Seamless integration There’s more to making E-Learning classes than just scanning your old handouts and putting them online. Instructor Challenges : Instructor Challenges Picking the E-Leaning Medium
CMS (Moodle, BlackBoard)
Pod Casts, etc. E-Learning Myths : E-Learning Myths E-Learning reduces the amount of time instructors need to prepare for a class.
The opposite is true; E-Learning usually requires more time. E-Learning Myths : E-Learning Myths E-Learning improves student efficiency.
Lessons have to be carefully designed and managed to keep students from going off task. E-Learning Myths : E-Learning Myths E-Learning can be used to cut staff, reduce costs, and save space.
Cut staff – No
Cut cost – No
Save space – Yes E-Learning Myths : E-Learning Myths Getting started is easy.
Getting started is fun, but not easy.
It takes lots of time to create an E or Blended learning course – but I think you will enjoy the process. I hope you enjoyed the presentation. : I hope you enjoyed the presentation.