Responding to student needs: Trialling a 'blended environment'

Croft, Waveney M. & Mihaly, Emma C. (2005) Responding to student needs: Trialling a 'blended environment'. In OLT-2005: Beyond Delivery, 27 September 2005, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland.


‘Applied Skills and Scholarship’ (HHB116) is a core unit for first year students, which was historically delivered using the traditional lecture and tutorial format. However, with a sudden increase in student numbers and a demand for more flexibility, it became apparent that a fresh approach was necessary to accommodate student needs.

The solution entailed a mixed delivery approach that integrated the use of educational technology, personal interaction and collaborative exercises. While the content remained unchanged, streamed audio recordings substituted the traditional lecture format. Face-to-face tutorial sessions were retained, and group work activities were introduced. The question now is whether first year students can be responsible for their own learning in such a unit, whether they have the motivation and discipline to manage their study without the closer guidance of traditional delivery. Have we assumed too much?

This paper will explore the use of a ‘blended environment’ from a pedagogical perspective, and will investigate the benefits, disadvantages and the resulting modifications that may be necessary to ensure successful learning outcomes for students.

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ID Code: 2195
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Blended learning, e, learning, educational technology, flexible learning, motivation, first year students, university, HERN
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Technology and Computing (130306)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 11 Oct 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:27

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