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ERIC Number: EJ799782
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 57
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1093-023X
Nontraditional Students' Perception of a Blended Course: Integrating Synchronous Online Discussion and Face-to-Face Instruction
Blankson, Joseph; Kyei-Blankson, Lydia
Journal of Interactive Learning Research, v19 n3 p421-438 Jul 2008
Nontraditional students are rapidly becoming the majority group on campuses across America. These students are often hard pressed for time and in order to provide them with equal learning opportunities many universities and colleges are currently responding by offering classes using a variety of delivery methods and formats. In this study, synchronous online discussions were integrated with traditional face-to-face instruction in an undergraduate educational psychology course offered mostly to nontraditional students. The purpose of the study was to examine nontraditional students' perception of this "blended" course. Specifically, the study sought to find out the extent to which students' were satisfied with their learning experience. Students' perception was assessed by way of a survey that consisted of Likert-scale and open-ended items. Results generated from the surveys suggest that students were generally satisfied with the course format. For nontraditional students, synchronous online discussions may enhance interaction, collaboration, active learning as well as equal learning opportunities. Furthermore, combining online and face-to-face discussions could ensure more productive use of class time for higher education courses scheduled for short durations. (Contains 1 figure and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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