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Introducing Distance Learning to Novice E-Learners via Course Web Enhancements

At the most simplistic level, blended learning involves collaboration between the delivery of resources online and what most refer to as "traditional" classroom instruction. This article discusses the benefits of introducing a web-enhanced learning format to novice and sometimes reluctant e-learners. Resistance to distance education is often due to a lack of direct experience and unsubstantiated fear, even for otherwise techno savvy students. The author summarizes a personal experience teaching an Educational Theory and Policy course at Penn State University-Altoona in which inexperienced e-learners were given multiple opportunities to "practice" e-learning utilizing a blended format, thereby creating a comfort zone and knowledge base for future distance learning opportunities.

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