Taking Blended Learning to Graduate Teacher Education:Examining a Blending Strategy
Abstract: Most definitions describe blended learning as a combination of face-to-face and online elements and do not incorporate the interactions of content, activities, assignments, and meetings. When activities and modalities are central considerations, blended learning can be a rational approach to the design of instruction. For this study, a matrix was created combining activity categories and instructional modalities to structure a blending strategy. Using the matrix and affordance-based analysis, five blended learning courses were created and taught during the 2015-2016 academic year. Researchers asked: Were instructors’ decisions about the alignment of activity and instructional modality consistent with teacher-learners’ instructional modality choices? Overall, data suggest that the blending strategy used provided a learning experience consistent with teacher-learner choices. The authors discuss four lessons about the design of blended learning that can be derived from the study.
Presider: Rosa Cendros Araujo, Western University