Authors: Hela Miniaoui; Avneet Kaur
Addresses: University of Wollongong in Dubai, Knowledge Village, Block 15, P.O. Box 20183, Dubai, UAE ' University of Wollongong in Dubai, Knowledge Village, Block 15, P.O. Box 20183, Dubai, UAE
Abstract: The term 'blended learning' has gained considerable interest in recent years as a description of particular forms of teaching combined with technology. This project reports in some detail the experiences of a small group of undergraduate learners as they progress through their Bachelor course at University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) in the UAE. In particular, this study looks at a discussion forum approach as a blended learning initiative and what that entails to the learners in terms of making the subject more interactive and enhances students analytical and research skills. From the findings, conclusion has been drawn regarding the role of blackboard tool in learning by helping students to obtain a deep sense of understanding of how to operate in a virtual team despite the challenges.
Keywords: blended learning; e-learning; electronic learning; innovation; discussion forum; United Arab Emirates; UAE; higher education; analytical skills; research skills; virtual teams; teamwork; online learning.
International Journal of Innovation and Learning, 2014 Vol.16 No.3, pp.277 - 290
Received: 08 May 2021
Accepted: 12 May 2021
Published online: 10 Sep 2014 *