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Wednesday, June 22 • 11:15 - 12:15
CON01.07a - Let’s Chat: improving learning through communication in blended and online learning settings.

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One strategy for effective communication that leads to improved student learning is the Blended and Online Communication Cycle. The Blended and Online Communication Cycle includes a series of planned synchronous and asynchronous strategies connecting students at the group and whole class levels. Evidence gathered to date indicates that students engaged in the Blended and Online Communication Cycle demonstrated 1) effective and improved overall demonstration of content, 2) demonstrated increased effective group performance on tasks and assignments, 3) student reports of high satisfaction related to support peer support and engagement, and 4) students reported a greater sense of community and connectedness to their peers, the content, and the instructor as a result of participation.

The results provide a roadmap of effective strategies and processes to maximize student/candidate effort and develop effective teaching and learning practices in Blended and Online learning settings. Three specific models will be shared with potential strengths and weaknesses for each model provided in an interactive format.


Mark Deschaine

Dr. Mark Deschaine is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at Central Michigan University. Dr. Deschaine is the Project Director, of the Lifespan Autism Initiative in the College of Education and Human Services, and is a part of the Institute for Intergenerational... Read More →

Ray Francis

Central Michigan University, Central Michigan University
Dr. Raymond Francis is a tenured graduate faculty in the Department of Teacher Education and Professional Development at Central Michigan University. Research interests include motivation in blended and online learning, concept mapping, authentic assessment, and global experiences... Read More →

Wednesday June 22, 2016 11:15 - 12:15 EDT
UCC 60