A few days ago I mentioned this discussion in the entry [DEANZ] News To Interest School Members + ACODE Learning Technologies Leadership Institute, but I wanted to highlight a little more today. The article, published in Computers in New Zealand Schools, is described as:
The first blended or hybrid online course in a New Zealand Secondary School: A case study
Sue Parkes, Pinelopi Zaka and Niki Davis
Abstract: Aiming to generate some guidance for effective online blended/hybrid education in secondary schools, this study examines a teacher’s first implementation of online learning in a Learning Management System (LMS) as part of a Home Economics course in a New Zealand high school. Further research is urgently recommended to inform professional and organisational development at a time when the government is ‘rolling out’ ultra-fast broadband to 95% of New Zealand schools. The research was embedded within the postgraduate programme in eLearning in which the teacher and researcher studied. Data collection included observations of the online and face-to-face learning environments plus interviews with the teacher and selected students. The positive outcomes of the blended course implementation in this case study included: opportunities for extended and flexible learning, development of ICT confidence and skills, enhanced interactions; independent learning with increased self management and higher order thinking skills; a variety of authentic resources; and the teacher’s professional growth. Challenges included students’ limited access to ICT, confidence, ability to self direct their learning and interact online; the teacher’s lack of previous blended teaching experience and limited school support and infrastructure. This study tentatively suggests that New Zealand schools adopting online learning consider the following strategies: ongoing review of student needs; design of concise course structure and outcomes; provision of onsite support for students including face-to-face interaction. Implementation requires commitment of teachers and school leaders plus ongoing professional development.
To read complete article, visit http://education2x.otago.ac.nz/cinzs/mod/resource/view.php?id=149
The discussion, an asynchronous one, will be monitored until Friday, 03 June 2011. Please visit http://education2x.otago.ac.nz/cinzs/mod/forum/view.php?id=169 to participate!