Master’s Plan B Project Defense - Samantha Stockwell - April 20

Date: April 20, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Natural Resources RM 130

Application of the Blended Learning Approach to Adult Ecological Learning

Master’s Plan B Project Defense


Samantha Stockwell

Date: April 20, 2016

Time: 1 p.m.

Room: 130, Natural Resources Building


The Michigan Conservation Stewards Program, an adult education and volunteerism program, recently began transitioning to a blended learning instructional format in order to allow for greater time to be allocated to field instruction during in-person sessions. In order to gain a better understanding of how to best teach adult learners using the blended learning approach, the purpose of this project was twofold: (1) to create online content for the Ecology Unit and (2) to evaluate this content after its pilot run. The first phase of this project consisted of adapting old course material and creating new material, resulting in the creation of online content in the form of video lectures and various activities for the Ecology Unit. The second phase was that of evaluation, which was done through the analysis of various forms of feedback gathered throughout the six-week program. This included information collected through session observations, pre- and post-session survey questions, online activity completion and login data, etc. Once the online material had been evaluated, the findings were used to inform a set of recommendations centered upon ways in which to improve the online portions of the program in the future, with specific emphasis on the Ecology Unit. 

Committee  Members:

  • Dr.  Patricia Norris, Chairperson
  • Dr.  Shari Dann