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Blended Learning as a Means to an End

Barker, Judy and Snookes, Paul (2009) Blended Learning as a Means to an End. Project Report. University of Worcester.

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Over the last few years the Language Centre has repeatedly had to disappoint students who wanted to learn a lesser-taught language or continue studying a more widely taught language at an advanced level. There were simply not enough participants to make it viable to run such courses. Other HE and FE institutions reported the same problem, which prompted us to investigate whether we could bring together students from a larger geographical area to boost numbers. Funded by the University of Worcester's Business Partnerships Office the Language Centre piloted two blended learning courses using a combination of face-to-face and synchronous videoconferencing sessions. Our interest in blended learning was not so much motivated by using technology for technology's sake, but as a means of bridging the geographical gap between tutors and students.

Item Type: Report (Project Report)
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This Project Report is published in Issue 3 of the Worcester Journal of Learning and Teaching. This is is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal published electronically by the Academic Development and Practice Unit at the University of Worcester to disseminate academic articles, project reports and personal perspectives about Learning and Teaching written by staff associated with the University and its partners.

Uncontrolled Keywords: blended learning and teaching, modern foreign languages, Wimba, Moodle
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Humanities and Creative Arts
Depositing User: Janet Davidson
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2010 18:42
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2010 05:00

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