E Learning Benefits Challenges and Myths

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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. ThunderBird 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. Internet access Computer access 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 Specialty Software Moodle, BlackBoard Computer operating systems FTP 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 Web pages CMS (Moodle, BlackBoard) E -Lectures Flash presentations 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.

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