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ERIC Number: EJ855852
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-0952-3987
Adult Learners' Use of Flexible Online Resources in a Blended Programme
Cornelius, Sarah; Gordon, Carole
Educational Media International, v46 n3 p239-253 Sep 2009
This paper presents a case study of a blended programme for adults and discusses findings from a mixed-methods investigative study of learners' and tutors' experiences of the programme. The programme employs a set of flexible online resources, which are activity-based and designed to provide choice in study routes and modes of learning. Our research has identified four main strategies used by learners when working with these resources: universalists, butterflies, changelings, and minimalists. We discuss these strategies and consider the value learners feel they have gained from the flexible programme. The strategies identified have implications for course designers and facilitators, requiring an increased emphasis on the course process over course content, and support for the development of learners' confidence. (Contains 1 table and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A