While variations between classes are expected and have been noted in the past, the variations shown here are noteworthy. The implications for teacher training and preparation are clearly significant.
Teachers need guidance and training when moving into a blended learning environment. The belief of the author is that this training needs to be practical as well as theoretical, and preferably should be modeled in the classroom. Support should be ongoing to ensure that the benefits of this style of learning are experienced by all.
Peter West is Director of eLearning at Saint Stephen’s College in Australia. He has over 15 years’ experience leading K12 schools in technology enhanced education, particularly blended learning using online learning environments. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.