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Defining student learning experience through blended learning

Bouilheres, Frederique; Viet Ha, Le Thi; McDonald, Scott; Nkhoma, Clara; Jandug-Montera, Lilibeth

Authors

Frederique Bouilheres frederique.bouilheres@nottingham.ac.uk

Le Thi Viet Ha

Scott McDonald scott.mcdonald@rmit.edu.vn

Clara Nkhoma clara.nkhoma@rmit.edu.vn

Lilibeth Jandug-Montera lilibeth.jandug@rmit.edu.vn



Abstract

This paper aims to explore the benefits of Blended Learning towards students' learning experiences at an offshore campus of an Australian university located in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. At the university campus, the Blended Learning practice in use is the displacement of content. Content displacement refers to a portion of the learning content and activities for a course being delivered online via the Learning Management System. Learning not only happens in face-to-face sessions at a given time but is extended to online spaces as well, happening anywhere at any time at students' preference. The focus of this research is its usefulness and effectiveness in promoting interactions between students and their peers, their teachers, and course materials. An online survey, which was designed based on a set of validated questions, was used to collect data from sixty-six students enrolled in eight Blended Learning courses. The analysis of the survey results provides empirical evidence to the claim that students' perception of their learning experiences at the university was beneficially impacted as a result of the Blended Learning environment in each of their classes. Specifically, factor analysis using oblique rotation method identifies a clear factor structure across survey questions, representing four dimensions of benefits: Engagement, Flexibility of learning, Online learning experience, and Self-confidence. In addition, significant differences between the clusters on these factors indicate that students vary in their responses towards the benefits of Blended Learning and their experience with a Blended Learning approach.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 18, 2020
Journal Education and Information Technologies
Print ISSN 1360-2357
Electronic ISSN 1573-7608
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
APA6 Citation Bouilheres, F., Viet Ha, L. T., McDonald, S., Nkhoma, C., & Jandug-Montera, L. (2020). Defining student learning experience through blended learning. Education and Information Technologies, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10639-020-10100-y
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s10639-020-10100-y
Keywords Blended Learning; expanded learning space; interaction; flexibility; self-confidence; enriching learning experience; student engagement
Publisher URL https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10639-020-10100-y
Additional Information Received: 22 May 2019; Accepted: 4 January 2020; First Online: 18 January 2020

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