Assessing the effectiveness of a blended web based learning environment in an Australian High School

Chandra, Vinesh & Fisher, Darrell (2006) Assessing the effectiveness of a blended web based learning environment in an Australian High School. In Fisher, D. & Khine, M.S. (Eds.) Contemporary Approaches to Research on Learning Environments. World Scientific Publishing, Singapore, pp. 461-478.

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The enhanced accessibility, affordability and capability of the Internet has created enormous possibilities in terms of designing, developing and implementing innovative teaching methods in the classroom. As existing pedagogies are revamped and new ones are added, there is a need to assess the effectiveness of these approaches from students' perspective. For more than 30 years, proven qualitative and quantitative research methods associated with learning environments research have yielded productive results for educators. While much of the research has focussed on characterising the learning environment, very few investigations have used the results as a tool to refine the learning environment. This chapter presents the findings of a study in which Getsmart; a teacher designed website was blended into science and physics lessons at an Australian High School. It shows how the results of learning environments research were used in assessing the effectiveness of the approach from students' perspective. The investigation also gave an indication of how effective Getsmart was as a teaching model in such environments.

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ID Code: 14875
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: blended learning, ICT, learning environments research, science education
ISBN: 9789812565082
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Science Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy (130212)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Technology and Computing (130306)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 World Scientific Publishing
Deposited On: 16 Sep 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2013 08:40

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