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Incorporating Grit Into Blended Learning

Nicole Buzzetto-More (University of Maryland Eastern Shore &Informing Science Institute, USA)
Additional Authors
Bryant Mitchell (University of Maryland Eastern Shore, USA)
Session Information
July 7, 2015 - 5:30pm
Faculty Development & Student Support
Areas of Special Interest: 
Institutional Initiatives
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Best Practices
Institutional Level: 
Multiple Levels
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Discovery Session
Plaza Foyer
Session Duration: 
60 Minutes
Discovery Session 1

This presentation will demonstrate how Grit relates to student success in blended learning environments.

Extended Abstract

Not all success can be attributed simply to talent and opportunity. Rather, self-regulation and resilience can play a major role in determining between ones success and failure. Grit is a fascinating concept that related to resilience and persistence in order to achieve goals. According to Eskreis-Winkler, Duckworth, Shulman, and Beal, (2014) grit includes such personality attributes as self-discipline, dutifulness, achievement striving, conscientiousness, self-control, low impulsivity, and discipline which are shown to correlate positively with achievement. Research on grit is still in its infancy, and much remains to be discovered about how it relates to different aspects of cultural and familiar background as well as how it applies to different learning modalities.

Further, as more and more universities move towards blended learning environments the correlation between grit and student success becomes increasingly more relevant. At this time, there is a paucity of available literature on this subject. The current study seeks to remedy this shortcoming. By applying the standard 12-Question GRIT Scale with the addition of a series of validated questions that seek to measure student learning behaviors, attitude, background information, and perceived self-learning efficacy into a single instrument. The study will begin in the Spring of 2015 and run in two parts. During the first phase, the relationship between grit and student persistence and success in blended learning environments will be explored. During the second phase, the impact of a curricula unit on grit that includes self-assessment and reflection on student achievement will be explored.

Lead Presenter

Dr. Nicole A. Buzzetto-More is a Professor, Program Coordinator, and the Assurance of Learning and Assessment Chair in the Department of Business at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. She is also Director of the Maryland State Department of Education Program Affiliate for Business, Management, and Finance. She received doctorate and masters degrees in communications from Columbia University and earned a post doctorate in management and marketing from Tulane University. She also earned a masters degree from the College of New Rochelle and a bachelor’s degree from Marist College. Dr. Buzzetto-More is a frequent invited presenter at conferences across the globe; is on the editorial board of several journals; has authored numerous publications; and has been recognized with awards from the American Distance Education Consortium, Global Digital Business Association, and the Informing Science Institute. She published two books in 2007, Principles of Effective Online Teaching and Advanced Principles of Effective ELearning. In 2010 her third book The E-Portfolio Paradigm: Informing, Educating, Assessing, and Managing with E-Portfolios was published by the Informing Science Press. She has also published a number of chapters in edited volumes, including a 2012 contribution to the book Transformation in Teaching: Social Media Strategies in Higher Education. In 2013, she redesigned the official State completer programs for the Business, Management, and Finance (BMF) Pathways for the Maryland State Department of Education. Currently, she is involved in the redesign of the general education sequence for her university.