The key to success in an online classroom in not which technologies are used but how they are used and what information is communicated using the technologies. (Simonson, Smaldino, Albright, & Zvacek, 2012) In order to be fully successful online the environment needs to be conducive having all the materials needed for full and clear understanding of the course and the lessons objectives. In this course there is 30%to 79% of the instruction delivered online. (Laureate Education, n.d) In blended/ hybrid learning students learn at least part at a supervised traditional classroom location away from their homes and another part will be delivered online with some level of supervision. (Simonson et. al, 2012). Technology is used in the delivery of the content online; this allows the students to work at their own pace. Students can take assessments online as well as to collaborate through discussion boards, blogs and wikis. (Simonson et. al, 2012).
The content from the original program could be valuable and could enhance in the distance learning format. The objectives whether online or face to face should remain the same. The instructor roles as a trainer would change in a distance learning format as the instructor would be responsible for the content and the complete layout of the program ensuring that the course in in sequence and he is available to assist the students to trouble shoot any problems virtually. ‘Preparing the students for the instruction is important in any teaching mode to maximize learning from class participation. Students need to understand their responsibility to ensure success in a distance learning environment’. (Simonson, Smaldion, Albright and Zvacek, 2012).
In a face to face classroom the students engage in conversations all the work is done in that one place while in the virtual classroom the students are given a deadline which they are able to work at their own pace to complete the assignment, it is required for the student to produce authentic content as everything that is written needs to have an authentic source. Blending both these situation makes learning so much easier as the students in some aspects can work on their own and at the same time in another situation consult the instructor for clarification or face to face demonstration for any content unknown.
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