The ones we are in the e-Learning world from its origins like us, are able to compare what has and has not changed over the years. Looking back several years in my archives I found a survey that was performed by “The e_learning Guild” focused on Best practices, which in my opinion contains many valid thoughts.
Surprisingly I arrived at the following conclusions I’d like to share with you. But let me first bring to your attention the survey with you some highlights and results:
To the question: “If you do not use (or do not plan to use) Blended Learning, which of the following best reflects your situation? we got the following answers:
As you can see, ten years ago people were very worried about the reaction time from requirements to ready to use content. And in second place there was a lack of knowledge on Blended Learning. Budgets and behavior were also a constraint. In language sector we have to also consider teachers as part of decision makers and influencers.
To the question: “What was your biggest obstacle in implementing a Blended Learning approach?” answers were as follows:
First reason in the ranking was the lack of budget with almost 20% scoring, then second position was shared among several items like the right strategy, senior management support, inability of developers or trainers and many more varied items with very low impact
Finally to the question: “If you use Blended Learning, which of the following apply to your experience with it? ” answers were as follows:
Interesting to see that, for the ones who tackle Blended Learning there was a very positive experience as three quarter of target surveyed people found Blended Learning more effective than classroom and higher teacher value/impact effectiveness, and almost seventy percent of students liked it.
At that time communications technology and development tools were still rudimentary compared to what we have today, these are the big changes that have occurred since then. Today there is no doubt that technology can make teaching very effective and be a critical component in an education program. Question is are teachers and institutions completely convinced to go ahead an use Blended Learning?
If at that time almost seventy percent of students liked it, probably today this amount has grown, so again are the teaching forces taking the most out of what technology may provide?
May be this is a good place to bring here the Blended Learning definition as: “Blended Learning occurs when the best delivery methodologies available for each specific learning objective are incorporated into a curriculum”
Are teacher trained to put this pattern in place?
I’ll try to answer or at least bring light and debate to these and many other questions in a series of posts following to this one.