Essay on The Effects Of Blended Learning On Students

1061 Words Nov 14th, 2016 5 Pages
The time required to learn the technology and prepare course material for a blended learning format is an obstacle to implementation. Teachers and professors believe that the perception of blended learning as time-intensive intimidates or discourages teachers from utilizing it (Ertmer, Ottenbreit-Leftwich, Sadik, Sendurer, E., & Sendurer, P., 2012; Gonzalez, 2012; Vatanartiran & Koradeniz, 2015; Wanner & Palmer, 2015). Experienced blended learning teachers support these concerns, reporting that the first several years are challenging as a teacher learns and experiments with delivery and technology, and that it takes several years to fully implement instruction (Ertmer et al., 2012; Werth et al., 2013). Blended learning requires time throughout the process of design, construction, and implementation as teachers become acquainted with new instructional strategies, resources, the logistics of running the course, and interacting with students.
Logistically, blended learning utilizes delivery systems that teachers need to learn how to operate to best facilitate the course (Gonzalez, 2012). For teachers who are unfamiliar with these platforms it may take longer to develop confidence and familiarity with how to utilize the technology (Ertmer & Ottenbreit-Leftwich, 2010). Once teachers understand the technology, they may need to spend time adapting instructional materials to ensure suitability to an online setting (Jeffrey, Milne, & Suddaby, 2014; Kaleta, Skibba, & Joosten,…

Related Documents