Capstone Project Title
As technology plays an increasingly critical role in society, responsive classrooms are pushed to innovate in new ways in order to equip students with the skills they need for daily life. Blended learning classes, combining in-person and virtual instruction, went from being a helpful model to a critical need in light of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Many Adult Basic Education (ABE) English as a Second Language (ESL) programs had not developed robust blended learning programs prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to emergency models that, while innovative, were not sustainable. As the field of education moves forward we can consider how blended learning classes can be thoughtfully designed in order to ensure quality outcomes. These considerations led to the research question for this capstone project: What are the necessary components of a blended learning environment to foster increased language fluency and accuracy across all language domains for intermediate Adult Basic Education (ABE) English as a Second Language (ESL) learners? A teacher toolkit was created to provide educators with resources for framing their concept of blended learning, planning blended learning classes, implementing blended learning policies, and supporting students in blended learning classes. These resources can help educators foster multimodal literacies in their adult learners, and provide support for engaging in learning, enhancing learning, and extending learning, in alignment with the Triple E Framework. This resource is intended to support and guide ABE ESL instruction as they plan instruction covering all language domains and multimodal digital literacies in blended learning classes.
Teaching Guide and Teacher Resource Toolkit
Adult Education, ESL/ ELLs, Teachers/ Teaching, Blended Learning
Dorendorf, Marlee, "Finding a Balanced Blend: Designing and Supporting Engaging and Effective Integrated Skills Materials for Adult ESL Blended Learning Classrooms" (2021). School of Education Student Capstone Projects. 714.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects