Title: The design and exploitation of blended learning concept: comparative study of two universities

Authors: Ivana Simonova; Katerina Kostolanyova

Addresses: Applied Languages Department, Faculty of Informatics and Management, University of Hradec Kralove, Rokitanskeho 62, 50003 Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic ' Department of Information and Communication Technologies in Education, Faculty of Education, University of Ostrava, Dvorakova 7, Ostrava, 701 03, Czech Republic

Abstract: The results of comparative study on the blended learning concept of two higher education institutions are introduced in the article - University of Ostrava, Faculty of Education and University of Hradec Kralove, Faculty of Informatics and Management, Czech Republic. Having the research sample of 591 and 466 students of both institutions, the data collected within Moodle and Blackboard LMSs were processed by the method of frequency analysis, structured according six criteria (learners' visit rate to the course, learners' performance in week days, learners' performance in hours of the day, learners' performance during weeks of the semester; learner-tutor communication via email during the semester; grading of learners' knowledge after the semester) and compared. In the results different number of assignments was reflected mostly showing higher visit rates to the technology for education course conducted at University of Ostrava compared to English for specific purposes at University of Hradec Kralove.

Keywords: technologies for education; higher education; English for specific purposes; ESP; online courses; blended learning; Moodle; Blackboard; visit rate; performance; tracking.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIL.2018.092039

International Journal of Innovation and Learning, 2018 Vol.23 No.4, pp.416 - 429

Received: 03 Nov 2016
Accepted: 04 Feb 2017

Published online: 28 Mar 2018 *

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