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ERIC Number: EJ848570
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-1011-3487
Establishing a Preliminary Framework for Effective Blended Learning Practices in the Undergraduate Classroom: A South African Perspective on Selected Aspects
Nel, E.; Wilkinson, A. C.
South African Journal of Higher Education, v22 n1 p144-174 2008
At the University of the Free State (UFS) blended learning (a combination of face-to-face and online modes of delivery) is regarded as a relatively new practice with possibilities of addressing many of the context-specific teaching and learning problems at the institution. During the planning phase for the third cycle of an action inquiry project the researcher decided to subject some of the multitude of findings, gathered over the first two cycles, to scrutiny by fellow online/blended learning facilitators/designers/researchers at other higher education institutions in South Africa. She hoped that sharing experiences would not only broaden her own insights, but would also lead to "informed" agreement on at least some practices in which blended learning in either her own or the broader higher education environment could be enhanced. In this article the findings of the inter-institutional opinion survey are presented and analysed. The researcher as (the first author) also makes use of various "agreed upon" learning principles to develop a preliminary framework for effective/meaningful blended learning which could extend understanding in a complex higher education environment and serve as stimulation for debate and further investigation. (Contains 2 figures and 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa