Hence, in order for new ideas to be adopted quickly, they need to have tangible, immediately foreseeable results and be relatively easy to implement. I believe this holds true. While blended learning has clear strategic long term goals: more personalized education and cutting costs, if a student is unable to see how it answers the question"what is it for me?" then, they are unwilling to buy in to this model. So how can we make it so that students are able to see immediate results and it is easier to implement? Good question!
Step one is going to be to formally present the concept of blended learning to them in a proper ppt presentation. To sell it to them as if I were an advertising executive selling a product. To specifically show them the impact it can make on their individual learning. The next step is to have them meet with their teachers (the ones actually implementing this) to see real time data that blended learning provides specific to them and explain how he/she groups the kids accordingly. Step 3 they need strategies of how to tackle the more difficult areas of class or homework. They need expectations and follow up with mentors/faculty to check in regularly and provide help and advice when needed.
None of these steps involves venting. Will venting occur? Yes, but not condoned, not sanctioned, not on my watch. Rather a productive process will be implemented to give students the skills they need to work this out and for the program to succeed. That difference is key.