Recognition of an optimal study modality in a continuous education program in Mexico
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© 2016 ACM. This paper presents a preliminary analysis of the effectiveness of the design and implementation of the education program called Enriched learning environments: Extended classroom, taught in three different study modalities: in-person classes, blended learning (b-learning), and electronic learning (e-learning), at Centro Regional de Formación Docente e Investigación Educativa del Estado de Sonora, in Mexico. Mixed methodology was used in two different stages, the first one focused on an analysis accomplished through the implementation of a closed format questionnaire applied to the last five cohorts of this education program; and the second stage was conducted through non participative observation and through focus groups, in order to know the students' perception on the program. Results show that b-learning design adapts better to the participants' needs, due to the fact that there was a greater efficiency outcome, and it was found that there was a greater positive impact on the professional teaching practice of the participants, as well as consistency between the study program and the study modality.