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BCF FACULTY PUBLISHED IN PRESTIGIOUS BOOK

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 16, 2013


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Susan Wegmann, Chair of the Teacher Education Division at The Baptist College of Florida, participates in a recent Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM) event on campus.

A year and a half in the making, Dr. Susan Wegmann, Chair of the Teacher Education Division at The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville, Fla., recently received the hard copy of the prestigious edited book Blended Learning Research Perspectives, Vol. 2, which includes the chapter written by Wegmann on SCOPe-ing out Interactions in Blended Learning Environments. According to Wegmann, the published chapter reveals a new way to track student engagement and participation in blended classes, or those that have online and face-to-face components. "Often instructors are so overwhelmed with grading and managing lectures," stated Wegmann, "that they don’t have opportunities or tools to gauge students’ reflections, interactions with other students, the text, or the platform (i.e. computer)."

Wegmann and her colleague, Dr. Kelvin Thompson from the University of Central Florida, have been investigating a series of checklists and surveys that they call SCOPe, which identifies these interaction possibilities: Students, Content, Others, and Platform (SCOPe). Findings from their previous research suggest that SCOPe accurately measures the level of engagement and participation in blended classes, and that the SCOPe checklists can help instructors identify areas of need in order to increase engagement and participation in their classes.

The recently published chapter was the first in a series that Wegmann and Thompson hope to produce, as they have opportunity to refine SCOPe and further research the topic.

For more information on the SCOPe checklists or the Teacher Education degree offered at The Baptist College of Florida, contact 800-328-2660 ext. 460.

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