An Investigation into the Learning Environments of Blended Delivery (e-Learning and Classroom) in a Tertiary Environment

By David Skelton.

Published by The Learner Collection

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This investigation describes research investigating the learning environment of tertiary students undertaking their studies through a mixture of online learning management systems and traditional tertiary classroom delivery. A review of the literature examined traditional learning environments, pure online virtual environments and more recent literature pertaining to a blended environment. The examination of student and staff perceptions of learning environments in different contexts served to generate recommendations to help tertiary teachers optimise online and traditional teaching practices within a mixed-mode environment. Students’ experiences of their learning environment were discovered through quantitative and qualitative methods. Quantitative data on students’ experiences were gathered by using an adapted version of the Web-based Learning Environment Instrument (WEBLEI). Qualitative data on students’ experiences were collected by discussion questions added to the WEBLEI survey. Qualitative data on the use of online and blended learning environment experiences by tertiary staff were gathered by email and supplementary interviews. The study synthesised results from these multiple sources within a tertiary institute environment and made recommendations and gave insight into optimal blended learning environments within the tertiary sector. Overall, the study provided a perspective on the psychology and strategic view of the learning environment for the future tertiary institute.

Keywords: Learning Environments, Blended Learning, e-Learning, Tertiary Strategy, Blended Environment Strategy

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 15, Issue 5, pp.85-94. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 566.122KB).

Dr. David Skelton

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Business and Computing, Eastern Institute of Technology, Napier, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

I am an Information Technology lecturer in a New Zealand Institute of Technology (Eastern Institute of Technology) teaching E-business and IT Management on a Bachelor of Computing degree. My qualifications include a Masters of Information Systems and I will be completing a Doctor of Science Education in December 2007. My research interests include the Blended Learning Environment, E-Commerce, and Stratgic issues within the tertiary sector. I have a daughter currently enjoying a high school exchange year in Minnesota.

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