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Students' Roles in Exposing Growing Pains: Using the "Dean's Concerns" to Refine Hybrid Instruction

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IJTLHE Volume 23, Number 2, ISSN 1812-9129


This study was instigated when 12 teacher education students expressed four concerns about their hybrid courses (part online, part face-to-face) to the college dean. In an effort gain the perspective of the broader population of students so instructors could improve this delivery method in the college, faculty-researchers sought input related to the "Dean's Concerns" from all students enrolled in hybrid courses. A broadly distributed questionnaire revealed that attitudes towards hybrid courses were positive, but that some problems existed related to student abilities to access course content, relevance, social communications, and their instructors' ability to use technology. Faculty-researchers were not able to determine the effect of any pedagogical changes imposed by technology on student perceptions. Researchers conclude that significant innovations in education can create growing pains for students, but these kinds of pains should be anticipated and accounted for, and that students have an important role in exposing growing pains and can support efforts to improve distance learning. (Contains 5 tables and 4 figures.)


Foulger, T.S., Amrein-Beardsley, A. & Toth, M.J. (2011). Students' Roles in Exposing Growing Pains: Using the "Dean's Concerns" to Refine Hybrid Instruction. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 23(2), 150-165. Retrieved August 12, 2020 from .

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