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Blended Learning

Research Perspectives, Volume 2, 1st Edition

Edited by Anthony G. Picciano, Charles D. Dziuban, Charles R. Graham


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Blended learning, which combines the strength of face-to-face and technology-enhanced learning, is increasingly being seen as one of the most important vehicles for education reform today. Blended learning allows both teacher and learner access to radically increased possibilities for understanding how we transmit and receive information, how we interact with others in educational settings, how we build knowledge, and how we assess what we have taught or learned.

Blended Learning: Research Perspectives, Volume 2 provides readers with the most current, in-depth collection of research perspectives on this vital subject, addressing institutional issues, design and adoption issues, and learning issues, as well as an informed meditation on future trends and research in the field. As governments, foundations, schools, and colleges move forward with plans and investments for vast increases in blended learning environments, a new examination of the existing research on the topic is essential reading for all those involved in this educational transformation.


“The research explored in this volume, spanning engagement, pedagogical practice, and learning outcomes will ensure that blended learning is well understood and of high quality.” –Diana Oblinger, President and CEO, EDUCAUSE

“The thoughtful essays in this book highlight the myriad choices as well as challenges that instructors and learners face each day as they utilize web-based tools.” – Curt Bonk, President of CourseShare, LLC, and Professor of Instructional Systems Technology, Indiana University

“A most important contribution to the scholarship of teaching and learning with technology.” – A. Frank Mayadas, President Emeritus, The Sloan Consortium

“Provides invaluable insights into the continued development of blended learning.” –Dr. Randy Garrison, Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Calgary, and Co-author of Blended Learning in Higher Education

"Will serve as an important reference and guide in the years ahead." –Malcolm Brown, Director, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative

"Describes the impact of different implementations of blended learning on the learner, the instructor, and the institution…laying the foundation for the ‘new norm’ in education." –Phillip D. Long, Professor, University of Queensland

"A diverse set of voices whose research areas and insightful conclusions will be of crucial help in designing blended learning for an increasingly blended world." –Gardner Campbell, Ph.D., Director, Center for Innovation in Learning, Virginia Tech

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Introduction to Blended Learning: Research Perspectives II –Anthony Picciano

Section I: Blended Learning Models and Scale

Chapter 2: Developing Models and Theory for Blended Learning Research –Charles R. Graham, Curtis R. Henrie, Andrew S. Gibbons

Chapter 3: Scaling Blended Learning Evaluation Beyond the University –Patsy D. Moskal, Thomas B. Cavanagh

Chapter 4: Investigating Informal Blending at the University of Illinois Springfield –William Bloemer, Karen Swan

Section II: Evaluation

Chapter 5: SCOPe-ing out Interactions in Blended Environments –Susan J. Wegmann, Kelvin Thompson

Chapter 6: Student Perspectives on Blended Learning Through the Lens of Social, Teaching and Cognitive Presence –Janelle DeCarrico Voegele

Chapter 7: To be or not to be: Student and Faculty Perceptions of Engagement in a Blended Bachelor of Education Program –Norman Vaughan, Allana LeBlanc, Jim Zimmer, Irene Naested, Jodi Nickel, Stefan Sikora, Gladys Sterenberg, Kevin O’Connor

Chapter 8: A Five-Year Study of Sustaining Blended Learning Initiatives to Enhance Academic Engagement in Computer and Information Sciences Campus Courses –Laurie P. Dringus, Amon B. Seagull

Chapter 9: Trial and Error: Iteratively Improving Research on Blended Learning –D. Christopher Brooks, Jodi R. Sandfort

Chapter 10: Practice Makes Perfect? Assessing the Effectiveness of Online Practice Exams in Blended Learning Biology Classes –J. D. Walker, D. Christopher Brooks, Kyle Hammond, Bruce A. Fall, Richard W. Peifer, Rogene Schnell, Janet L. Schottel

Section III: Faculty Issues

Chapter 11: Implementation of Blended Learning for the Improvement of Student Learning –Jeanette E. Riley, Catherine Gardner, Sarah Cosgrove, Neil Olitsky, Caitlin O’Neil, Chan Du

Chapter 12: The Impact of Instructional Development and Training for Blended Teaching on Course Effectiveness –Tanya M. Joosten, Dylan Barth, Lindsey Harness, Nicole L. Weber

Chapter 13: Growing Your Own Blended Faculty: A Review of Current Faculty Development Practices in Traditional, Not-for-Profit Higher Education Institutions –Amy P. Ginsberg, Elizabeth Ciabocchi

Chapter 14: Choice Does Matter: Faculty Lessons Learned Teaching Adults in a Blended Program –Karen Skibba

Section IV: Studying Non-Traditional Learners

Chapter 15: Variation in Adult Learners’ Experiences of Blended Learning in Higher Education –Paige McDonald

Chapter 16: Educating Warrior diplomats: Blended and Unconventional Learning for Special Operations Forces –Katherine M. Tyler, Kent C. Dolasky

Section V: International Perspectives

Chapter 17: “Are you working in the kitchen”? - European Perspectives on Blended Learning –Anders Norberg, Isa Jahnke

Chapter 18: Out of Hours: Online and Blended Learning Workload in Australian Universities –Yoni Ryan, Belinda Tynan, Andrea Lamont-Mills

Section VI: Blended Learning in K-12 Environments

Chapter 19: Blended Learning in the K-12 Education Sector –Heather Staker, Michael B. Horn

Chapter 20: Blended Learning in New York City: The iLearnNYC Program –Anne-Marie Hoxie, Jennifer Stillman, Kara Chesal

Chapter 21: Blending it All Together –Charles D. Dziuban, Joel L. Hartman, George L. Mehaffy

About the Editors

Anthony G. Picciano is a Professor and Executive Officer in the PhD Program in Urban Education at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY).

Charles D. Dziuban is Director of the Research Initiative for Teaching Effectiveness at the University of Central Florida.

Charles R. Graham is a Professor of Instructional Psychology & Technology at Brigham Young University. He also currently serves as the Associate Dean for the David O. McKay School of Education.

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