Who moved my classroom? Enabling instructor performance for the 2010s

Guido A Minaya, University of Pennsylvania

Abstract

This study is about how the changes in technology and learning strategies are affecting instruction in corporate training programs.^ The purpose of this mixed methods research study was to assess if a targeted instructor professional development initiative is an effective approach in transitioning corporate university instructors from a traditional learning model to one that incorporates blended learning curricula and mixed media delivery platforms. ^ The following were findings based on the leadership interviews: blended Learning is a more mature offer now and part of the new corporate training learning architecture and is here to stay; there is an increased motivation by corporate universities to reduce costs and increasing scale which is driving the shift to blended learning; leadership perspective is instructors fear that e-learning and blended learning will take away their jobs; there is little evidence that formal development programs exist to help instructors understand their role in a blended learning curriculum; instructors who do not transition into the blended learning format will have limited future career options; corporate universities that do not transition into the blended learning model will not be sustainable from a cost and value perspective; leadership recommends Kirkpatrick Level 1 to Level 3 to show that an intervention focused on instructors transitioning from a traditional classroom model to a blended learning model is effective. ^ The following were findings based on the instructor interviews: instructors have fears and concerns about e-learning; they believe it will displace their jobs and will not be as effective from a quality perspective; instructors fear e-learning because they are uncomfortable with e-learning technology; there is limited formal skills preparation available for “live Internet” applications focused on curricula instructors deliver; there is a basic understanding of the mechanics of blended learning but not of the role instructors have in blending learning curricula; instructors understand not moving forward into new delivery platform media limits their careers. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)^

Subject Area

Education, Administration|Education, Adult and Continuing|Education, Industrial|Education, Higher

Recommended Citation

Guido A Minaya, "Who moved my classroom? Enabling instructor performance for the 2010s" (January 1, 2005). Dissertations available from ProQuest. Paper AAI3168036.
http://repository.upenn.edu/dissertations/AAI3168036

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