Making the connection in a blended learning environment

ASPDEN, L. and HELM, P. (2004). Making the connection in a blended learning environment. Educational Media International, 41 (3), p. 245.

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Abstract

The presence of a virtual learning environment (VLE) in an on-campus setting can alter the dimensions of existing learning and teaching relationships. Research literature indicates that increased engagement with educational technology can have the effect of drawing staff and students closer together (both physically and virtually) rather than encouraging campus-based institutions to deliver more of their provision at a distance. This paper will explore how on-campus students can benefit from appropriate use of technology in ways that make them feel increasingly connected with their institution and their peers. Using qualitative data we explore how effective use of technology can help to bridge the physical gap between the students, their institution and their peers - even where the actual interactions between students take place offline - and how the combination of physical and virtual learning environments can be used to create an effective learning and teaching experience.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Quality Enhancement and Student Success
Identification Number: 1080/09523980410001680851
Depositing User: Ann Betterton
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2010 15:36
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2010 15:36
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/1355

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