Experiences and perceptions of learner engagement in blended learning environments: the case of an Australian university

De George-Walker, Linda and Hafeez-Baig, Abdul and Gururajan, Raj and Danaher, Patrick Alan (2010) Experiences and perceptions of learner engagement in blended learning environments: the case of an Australian university. In: Cases on online blended learning technologies in higher education: concepts and practices. IGI Publishing (IGI Global), Hershey, PA, USA, pp. 23-43. ISBN 978-1-60566-880-2


One of the most significant challenges in learning and teaching is to maximize successful and sustainable
learner engagement. The growing literature about blended learning environments and technologies provides plenty of scope for an interrogation of the intersection between learner engagement and blended learning. This chapter takes up that interrogation by presenting the case of the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. The chapter focuses on three postgraduate courses offered by the institution: two in the Faculty of Business and the other in the Faculty of Education; and each course representing
a different position along the continuum from blended to fully online. The chapter presents a detailed examination of all three courses in relation to design, development, and management, informed by a conceptualization of blended learning as it intersects with learner engagement. Several types of evidence are deployed in evaluating the courses against the assembled information about experiences and
perceptions of learner engagement and blended learning communicated by students, academic staff members, and program administrators. This evidence suggests some significant implications for the ongoing theorization of blended learning, how its effectiveness can be maximized, and what its connections with learner engagement are and should be.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Faculty of Business. Permanent restricted access to Published version due to publisher copyright restrictions.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2010 11:52
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2016 03:10
Uncontrolled Keywords: blended learning, web delivery, learner engagement, problem-based learning
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
Identification Number or DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-880-2.ch002
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/8605

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