Facilitating student self-direction in a blended learning environment

Gudmundsson, Amanda & Laing, Linda (2011) Facilitating student self-direction in a blended learning environment. In Yorke, J. (Ed.) Meeting the Challenges : Proceedings of the ATN Assessment Conference 2011, Curtin University, Curtin University, Perth, WA, pp. 107-116.

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Business postgraduate education is rapidly adopting virtual learning environments to facilitate the needs of a time-poor stakeholder community, where part-time students find it difficult to attend face-to-face classes. Creating engaged, flexible learning opportunities in the virtual world is therefore the current challenge for many business academics. However, in the blended learning environment there is also the added pressure of encouraging these students to develop soft managerial or generic skills such as self-reflection. The current paper provides an overview of an action-research activity exploring the experiences of students who were required to acquire the skills of self-reflection within a blended learning unit dominated by on-line learning delivery. We present the responses of students and the changes made to our teaching and learning activities to improve the facilitation of both our face-to-face delivery as well as the on-line learning environment.

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ID Code: 46705
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Self-reflection, Online, Portfolio, HERN
ISBN: 9780646566115
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
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Deposited On: 30 Oct 2011 22:57
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2011 06:52

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