Blended courses at the high school level

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Abstract

This applied project addressed an issue at the Whiteside Area Career Center in Sterling Illinois. The Whiteside Area Career Center (WACC) is a regional vocational center where 11 th and 12 th grade high school students can attend a variety of programs. The Computer Technology program has both 11 th and 12 th graders in the same class but the students take different classes. In the past the instructor had trouble teaching two subjects simultaneously to both groups. With all the advances in online education tools, including Course Management Systems like Moodle, 12 th grade students can work more independently while the instructor can focus more on the 11 th grade students (Moodle.org 2009). According to the Moodle website many institutions use Moodle to augment face-to- face courses with online content, which is known as blended learning. Based on a positive student performance and a survey that 14 (70%) out of a possible 20 students took after the course, it was determined that this project was successful and this format will continue in the Computer Technology program. This project is just a small part of an international trend. Registered users of Moodle for online, face to face, or hybrid courses have grown from around 4000 thousand in 2005 to over 35000 in 2009 (Moodle, 2009).

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  • Educational technology
  • Secondary education

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