The last four months have flown by! As this course comes to an end, so does the list of core classes that I was required to complete before entering my study phase. Of all core courses, this one I looked forward to the most. My passion in education is elearning and hybrid models. The world is filled with technology and it is apparent that most people including my 9 and 12 year old know how to use it proficiently. Because of these digital natives, it is important for educators to catch up. It is expected that teachers build and maintain competencies to provide the best education possible to student; this is particularly important with respect to technology (Safitry, Mantoro, Ayu, Mayumi, Dewanti, & Azmeela, 2015).
Two of the most inspiring insights that I received in this course were the importance of implementation of technology and how successful it is in engaging students in the classroom and also in eLearning. It is evident that putting a lecture into a course shell is not enough. The addition of video, collaboration opportunities, activities, and interactive assessments will make online and hybrid learning more successful.
Andragogy is the teaching and leading of adults (Blackley & Sheffield, 2015). I have learned that in andragogy, there is a very diverse population and they sit in the same classroom. No one technology will work for everyone. So, not only does technology need to be incorporated into the classroom but it needs to be varied so that multiple learning styles are included. Another thing that I have noticed is that there needs to be increased flexibility due to schedule. Adults wrestle with jobs, kids, and other obligations. The increased flexibility of blended learning helps them to be able to attend college. Though the added stress of having to deal with these issues can cause success issues regardless of flexibility.
In understanding these issues and technologies, the incorporation of blended learning to provide flexibility for adult learners will provide accessibility to more adults. Secondly, with multiple obligations, attending class is hard, but being engaged is more difficult. For this reason, the addition of technology to engage a variety of learning styles is necessary to ensure that students in online or blended models are successful.
Blackley, S., & Sheffield, R. (2015). Digital andragogy: A richer blend of initial teacher education in the 21st century. Issues In Educational Research, 25(4), 397-414.
Safitry, T. S., Mantoro, T., Ayu, M. A., Mayumi, I., Dewanti, R., & Azmeela, S. (2015). Teachers’ Perspectives and Practices in Applying Technology to Enhance Learning in the Classroom. International Journal Of Emerging Technologies In Learning, 10(3), 10-14. doi:10.3991/ijet.v10i3.4356