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June 14, 2015
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Blended Classes: Expectations vs. Reality 2015 ASEE AbstractBlended courses, also called hybrid, have a portion of the course taught face-to-face, in aclassroom and at least one-third of the course work is online. Some instructors consider thisformat to be “the best of both worlds”. Students receive the personal contact and interaction withthe instructor during the classroom portion. They also have flexibility in the pace, access, andrepetition of the online content. In this paper, we explore 48 graduate students’ expectations for ablended required operations management course. The same students were also surveyed at thecompletion of the course to determine how their expectations matched with their experiences inthe course.The majority of students had no prior experience with blended (77.6%) or online (55%) courses.The pre-survey showed students were hesitant or unsure about taking a blended course. At theend of the course, the post-survey included the statement “The online content motivated me to domore learning/studying than I would have done otherwise.” Most students “strongly agreed”(21%) or “agreed” (29%) with the statement and fewer “disagreed” (15%) or were “neutral”(35%). The vast majority of students (96%) felt that being able to work the online content at theirown pace was beneficial. Only two students (4%) felt they were not able to learn materialequally well in the online and traditional portions of the class. Most of the students (85%)expressed the desire to take another blended course based on their experience in this course.
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