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"Comfort" as a Critical Success Factor: Exploratory Findings From a Research Project

Linda S. Futch (University of Central Florida, USA)
Kelvin Thompson (University of Central Florida, USA)
Additional Authors
Aimee deNoyelles (UCF, USA)
Wendy Howard (University of Central Florida, USA)
Session Information
July 9, 2014 - 10:10am
Teaching & Learning Effectiveness
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Best Practices
Institutional Level: 
Universities and Four Year Institutions
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Information Session
Plaza Court 2
Session Duration: 
50 Minutes
Information Session 5

Preliminary research findings have identified "comfort" as a construct to mediate student success. We will explore the concept of "comfort" and potential pedagogical strategies.

Extended Abstract

There are a lot of questions and confusion around the design of blended learning courses. To provide some guidance, we designed a research study to identify the challenges and strategies in creating a blended learning course and important elements of a blended course. Using a case study model, our team conducted interviews with faculty, from various institutions and disciplines, who were identified as teaching excellent blended learning course. The interviews have been analyzed by the research team to identify descriptive themes and sub-themes (related to student success).

Our preliminary findings have identified that the concept of "comfort" appears to mediate student success. We will explore the concept of "comfort" and how it is described by faculty members. Also, we explore potential pedagogical strategies that might be derived as scalable best practices and implications for your blended courses.

This presentation covers the latest aspect of our research study and builds on previous phases presented for Sloan 2012 and 2013.

Explore the construct of "comfort"
Identify potential best practices and student success strategies

Lead Presenter

Dr. Linda S. Futch is an Associate Department Head, Instructional Design, at the University of Central Florida. Her duties cover instructional design, support for online courses and the course management system. Linda has been instrumental in guiding faculty development for online courses and developing systems to support faculty and students. She has developed curriculum and delivered instruction in business, high school, community college, and higher education. For her doctoral dissertation, Linda studied blended learning at a metropolitan university.