Student transitions to blended learning: an institutional case study

Adekola, J. , Dale, V. H.M., Gardiner, K. and Fischbacher-Smith, M. (2017) Student transitions to blended learning: an institutional case study. Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice, 5(2), pp. 58-65. (doi: 10.14297/jpaap.v5i2.273)

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Abstract

This paper examines the experiences of students transitioning to blended learning in the University of Glasgow as part of the QAA Enhancement Themes work on Student Transitions. We draw here on exploratory, qualitative research to examine the benefits, challenges and skills developed by students during transitions to blended learning as a means of advancing understanding, and informing future curriculum design. Data from home undergraduate and international postgraduate students were collected over two years through focus groups, individual interviews and end-of-course quality assurance surveys. We found that while home/undergraduate and international/postgraduate students have similar transition experiences, international taught postgraduates encounter additional challenges in terms of acclimatising to UK higher education (HE), especially within shorter programmes of study and where pedagogical and language differences exist. The findings are integrated in a conceptual framework highlighting the importance of access, acculturation (attitudes) and attributes (skills) to enable learner autonomy to engage effectively in blended learning. The findings have implications for institutional infrastructure, curriculum design and learner development. Further research is required to collect a larger data set as a means of developing the study’s conceptual framework, in order to better understand and support diverse student transitions to blended learning.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Fischbacher-Smith, Professor Moira and Adekola, Dr Josephine and Gardiner, Mr Kerr and Dale, Dr Vicki
Authors: Adekola, J., Dale, V. H.M., Gardiner, K., and Fischbacher-Smith, M.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
College of Social Sciences > School of Interdisciplinary Studies
University Services > Learning and Teaching Services Division
Journal Name:Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice
Publisher:Edinburgh Napier University
ISSN:2051-9788
ISSN (Online):2051-9788
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The Authors
First Published:First published in Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice 5(2): 58-65
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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