Panel: Implementation Strategies for Successful Blended Learning

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Mohamed Ally (Chair)
Athabasca University
Athabasca, BC, Canada
Agnieszka (Aga) Palalas
Athabasca University
Athabasca, BC, Canada
Avgoustos Tsinakos
Eastern Macedonia and Thrace
Institute of Technology
Kavala, Greece
Gwen Willis-Darpoh
American Institutes for Research
Washington, DC, USA
Hend Merza
Arab Open University
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Abstract: As organizations around the world move to blended learning they need to acquire the expertise to implement blended learning successfully. For some organizations, blended learning is a new initiative and they need help on how to prepare and implement blended learning. The panel members will deliver short presentations on a variety of topics related to successful implementation of blended learning. The first presentation will be on the definition and models of blended learning which will be followed by recent research on blended learning. It is important for educators and trainers to know about effective models to use and what the research says so that they can be guided by the research. The third presentation will be on how different technologies can be used in blended learning, especially the use of emerging technologies to provide flexible learning opportunities. This will be followed by a presentation of the type of support and importance of providing support to learners in blended learning. The last presentation will cover best practices in blended learning that organizations can use to implement blended learning successfully.

The presentations will be followed by questions and comments from the audience. At the end of the panel discussion, the panel members will be asked to identify one challenge for implementing blended learning successfully and how to overcome the challenge.


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