Implementation of Blended Learning as a Recovery Method ın Educational Centers in Azerbaijan During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Technology-embedded context became quite prevalent in contemporary classes. Traditional teaching methods changed their nature and moved to a new stage through integrating modern technologies. Particularly in the COVID-19 period, the situation has forced educational institutions to go online on a global scale. The goal of this paper is to measure teachers attitudes towards remote learning in Azerbaijan. The study also aims to analyze the necessity of the Blended Learning approach during the pandemic period. A quantitative method was applied in data collection. Th questionnaire was prepared in Google forms, with multiple-choice and checkboxes types of questions. The link to the survey was introduced to the teachers of five different private educational centers in the Absheron peninsula (Baku, Khirdalan, and Sumgayit) via social media messaging platforms (mainly WhatsApp and Telegram). Data collected was illustrated visually in the form of a table and was discussed in detail. The questionnaire that was conducted on 147 teachers reveals that advancement and improvement of digital innovations could be face-threatening and arduous for instructors whose current and future students are more and more digital natives (were born in the Information and Communication Technology world). The presented study addresses the concept of blended learning and analyzes the literature on the issue under a study. Furthermore, the article highlights the necessity of blended learning in the process of transition to online education. The research concludes that teacher-subjects do not advocate e-learning, so blended learning would be beneficial to keep the balance between online and in-class education.

Keywords: Blended Learning, e-learning, face to face learning, ICT, education