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If Blended Learning Offers So Many Advantages, Why are So Few Institutions Adopting It?

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Presenter(s)
Ron Owston (York University, Canada)
Session Information
July 8, 2015 - 10:10am
Track: 
Teaching & Learning Effectiveness
Areas of Special Interest: 
Institutional Initiatives
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Research and Evaluation
Institutional Level: 
Universities and Four Year Institutions
Audience Level: 
Intermediate
Session Type: 
Featured Session
Location: 
Plaza Ballroom E
Session Duration: 
50 Minutes
Session: 
Concurrent Session 5
Virtual Session
Abstract

Advantages of blended learning and difficulties of implementation are discussed.

Extended Abstract

Research tells us that blended learning has much to offer students, faculty and the institution, yet its adoption rate is modest compared to fully online courses. This presentation will draw on the author’s many years of experience as a researcher examining blended learning in university and professional education settings, including a very recent three-year study of blended learning in freshman classes. He will juxtapose his research findings with his own experience as an academic administrator and leader in helping his institution’s efforts to scale up blended and online learning across campus. General conclusions will then be drawn to help institutions develop and implement blended learning strategies.

Lead Presenter

Dr. Ron Owston is Dean of the Faculty of Education and founding Director of the Institute for Research in Learning Technologies at York University. He is a pioneer in the use of technology in teacher education, having taught pre-service, graduate, and in-service courses with and about technology since the early days of the web in the mid-1990s. He has spoken at numerous national and international conferences and has published extensively on teaching and learning with technology in leading journals. Currently, he is researching efficacy of blended learning in university undergraduate education