n South African Journal of Higher Education - Blended learning model : development and implementation in a Computer Skills course
|Article Title||Blended learning model : development and implementation in a Computer Skills course|
|© Publisher:||Higher Education South Africa (HESA)|
|Journal||South African Journal of Higher Education|
|Affiliations||1 Rhodes University|
|Publication Date||Jan 2012|
|Pages||24 - 35|
South Africa's higher education policies have opened up access to university for students from diverse backgrounds, with different learning styles, levels of motivation and levels of preparedness. This has necessitated a move from the lecture style of teaching to innovative teaching styles that engage the learners and equip them with skills to apply their knowledge to new situations and develop life-long learning skills. Blended learning, which is a combination of face-to-face and online teaching, is used to address some of the issues outlined above. Development of this model is based on Gilly Salmon's five-stage model for online learning (Salmon 2002), as well as active and collaborative activities that engage the students in a face-to-face environment. As the development of the blended learning model is still ongoing, the model is then evaluated, with recommendations and challenges outlined.
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