A Fork in the Road Reflection by Gerald Smith
At this very moment in time, education has approached a fork in the road, with a decision that for many is quite complex. As Jason Green puts it, “a decision must be made based on pure survival. Shall education evolve and become the next big thing like Netflix? Or, shall it become a distant memory of mediocrity like Blockbuster?”
In reading the intro and chapter 1 of Blended Learning in Action, the reader is hit face first with the notion that education requires some form of transformation. In short, the authors challenge all stakeholders to determine whether or not there is enough engagement from each of them to shift behaviors, practices, and most importantly the culture of an academic institution; in such a way that one can find an area of learning foster by various roles led by all participants in the academic field.
Simply put, chapter 1 forms the idea that stakeholders in education must understand the culture in which they educate. The world is rapidly changing and somehow the evolution that has occurred right before our eyes has left many, accept for the ultimate stakeholders: the students.
In what ways can we work to begin the framework necessary to advance our learning practices???
How can we embrace the culture of students and blend the classroom into something more innovative???
Where do you fall into the categories of stakeholders and in what ways are you prepared to begin the journey into putting Blended Learning Into Action????
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