Title: Encountering pedagogical challenges: a case of three pilot blended learning courses

Authors: Kam Cheong Li

Addresses: Centre for Research in Distance and Adult Learning, The Open University of Hong Kong, Room B0717, 30 Good Shepherd Street, Ho Man Tin, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Abstract: Through a brief analysis of the notion of blendedness, this paper first examines the core elements in and possibilities of blended learning. It reports on the pilot implementation of three blended learning courses at an open university as example. The three courses integrated highly diverse instructional strategies according to the nature of course content. Two courses adopted different types and forms of web-based multimedia material and the third course was blended with non-electronic learning material. By highlighting results from a student survey, log-in records and focus group interviews, pedagogical challenges to the design and implementation of blended courses are discussed.

Keywords: blended learning; distance learning; e-learning; electronic learning; online learning; internet; world wide web; instructional approaches; pedagogical challenges; pedagogy; pilot courses; blendedness; diverse strategies; instructional strategies; course content; web-based materials; multimedia materials; non-electronic learning materials; student surveys; log-in records; focus groups; interviews; Open University; Hong Kong; universities; higher education; innovation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIL.2013.052285

International Journal of Innovation and Learning, 2013 Vol.13 No.2, pp.153 - 165

Published online: 31 Jul 2013 *

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