Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Reflections on, "Blended Learning in Action" by Tucker, Wycoff, and Green. Ch. 1

I am so glad that Tucker, Wycoff, and Green (2016) offer to provide us with a good definition of what blended learning (BL) is. I find that there are many educators that have a vague or inaccurate perception of BL. In Chapter 1, Tucker et. al. (2016) wrote that BL is:

"[I]is a formal education program in which a student learns: (1) at least in part through online learning, with some element of student control over time, place, path, and/or pace; (2) at least in part in a supervised brick-and-mortar- location away from home; (3) and the modalities along each student's learning path within a course or subject are connected to provide an integrated learning experience" (pg. 6).

The importance of addressing culture can not be underestimated when attempting to integrate a new program or system. I am happy to know that the authors address this since it is a well researched approach. For instance, Rogers (2003) wrote that when an agent of change is attempting to engage in a process whereby an innovation like BL is diffused into an organization, the culture of the organization must be respected. "Change agents' success in securing the adoption of innovations by clients is positively related to a client orientation, rather than to a change agency orientation" (pgs. 374-375).

We must begin with the culture and work within the system. That is the most successful approach to truly make impactful change!


Tucker, C. R., Wycoff, T., & Green, J. T. (2016). Blended Learning in Action: A Practical Guide Toward Sustainable Change. Corwin Press.

Rogers, E. M. (2003). Diffusion of innovations (5th ed.). New York, NY: Free Press. 

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