Title: Design and development process for blended learning courses

Authors: Jeanne Lam; Norris Lau; Christine Shim; Simon K.S. Cheung

Addresses: HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education, University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong ' HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education, University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong ' HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education, University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong ' Open University of Hong Kong, Good Shepherd Street, Homantin, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Abstract: Combining face-to-face learning and e-learning, blended learning is well recognised as a promising mode of learning where the benefits of both can be effectively derived. This paper investigates the design and development process for blended learning courses. The process begins with an analysis of student needs and expectations. Design and implementation of the functional features and learning activities then follow. Learning effectiveness would be evaluated. Iteration is necessary in order to refine the delivered courses to align to student needs and competence. In this paper, some key challenges involved in the development process are discussed, and good practices are shared.

Keywords: blended learning courses; instructional design; learning platforms; face-to-face learning; e-learning; electronic learning; online learning; student expectations; student needs; learning effectiveness; competences; higher education.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIL.2013.052900

International Journal of Innovation and Learning, 2013 Vol.13 No.3, pp.322 - 338

Available online: 31 Mar 2013

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