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Ending the divide between online learning and classroom instruction using a blended learning approach
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, Rand Afrikaans University, Johannesburg, South Africa ; , Rand Afrikaans University, South Africa

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-48-8 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC

Abstract

The use of cyberspace for teaching and learning has rapidly found its way into higher education institutions in South Africa. However, some surveys indicate a movement away from e-learning, and learner dissatisfaction with e-learning is widely reported. We propose that a blended approach may best suit the needs of both academics and learners, where some constituents of the instructional process are facilitated by and electronic environment, and other constituents are offered face-to-face. The blended approach promises the best of both worlds, offering the pedagogical benefits of online learning without the loss of the "human touch" of face-to-face contact. We identify and describe the constituents of the blended approach to teaching and learning. We then reflect on learner and lecturer experiences of selected blended-approach courses that were offered at the institution at undergraduate and post-graduate levels.

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vander Westhuizen, D. & Krige, H. (2003). Ending the divide between online learning and classroom instruction using a blended learning approach. In D. Lassner & C. McNaught (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2003--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 2527-2528). Honolulu, Hawaii, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved September 26, 2022 from .

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