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Effects of Blended Online Learning on Students Performance in Vocational Mathematics

Javed, Syed H. and Vale, C (2006) Effects of Blended Online Learning on Students Performance in Vocational Mathematics. The International Journal of Technology Knowledge & Society, 2 (6). pp. 143-154. ISSN 1832-3669

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This presentation reports on a study conducted at the Victoria University TAFE where a mathematics module was offered to students in an on campus delivery setting. The use of online learning to support campus-based instruction was modelled on Coomey and Stephenson’s (2001) paradigm grid for online learning. The aims of the study were to assess the effectiveness of online facilitated instruction on students’ attitud and achievement in mathematics, explore factors affecting participation of students in online learning and how teachers’ roles and responsibilities are affected by online facilitation. The study was conducted using a mixed method approach with experimental techniques applied to gather quantitative data about attitudes and achievement scores, and a case study approach for which qualitative data were collected on factors affecting students’ motivation, participation and approach to blended online learning. The study comprised two on-campus TAFE classes from a first year advanced diploma course. The treatment class was offered online facilitated teaching using WebCT as a delivery platform. The control class was taught using traditional methods only. The same teacher taught both classes during the semester and on the same campus. Students from both groups were interviewed to gather information about issues affecting them as learners. Results from this study will be presented about students’ attitude, achievement scores and participation in blended online learning.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: mathematics vocational education, online blended learning, online facilitated instruction
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
Depositing User: Dr Syed Javed
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2010 02:58
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2011 05:43
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