Title: E-learning, blended learning or continued traditional classroom-based education?

Authors: Rieneke Heinink, Bob Witziers, Joachim Wetterling

Addresses: Cirquest, the Visual Learning Company, Oranje Nassaulaan 29, 1075 AJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands. ' University of Twente, Faculty of Behavioural Sciences, P.O. Box 217, 7500 AE Enschede, The Netherlands. ' University of Twente, Faculty of Behavioural Sciences, P.O. Box 217, 7500 AE Enschede, The Netherlands

Abstract: The literature on e-learning is quite rich. However, the literature addresses mostly topics such as technology developments and implementation requirements, while publications about user experiences and effectiveness studies about e-learning, especially concerning the comparison with more traditional ways of learning support, are more or less under-represented. This article is about an user-centred evaluation study comparing e-learning, blended learning and classroom based learning. The focus is on how students experience the respective approaches. The results show that most students prefer classroom based learning above e-learning and blended learning. The article ends with the implications of these results for the implementation of e-learning and blended learning.

Keywords: e-learning; blended learning; implementation strategies; corporate training; flexible learning; electronic learning environments.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.2003.004011

International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, 2003 Vol.13 No.5/6, pp.567 - 577

Published online: 11 Mar 2004 *

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