Introducing ICT in a Traditional Higher Education Environment: Background, Design, and Evaluation of a Blended Approach

Introducing ICT in a Traditional Higher Education Environment: Background, Design, and Evaluation of a Blended Approach

Lambros Drossos (Technical Educational Institute of Messologi, Greece), Bill Bassisliadis (Hellenic Open University, Greece), Antonia Stefani (Hellenic Open University, Greece), Michalis Xenos (Hellenic Open University, Greece), Evangelos Sakkopoulos (University of Patras, Greece) and Athanassios Tsakalidis (University of Patras, Greece)
DOI: 10.4018/jicte.2006010106
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Abstract

Traditional higher educational learning practise is based on the information transfer model where knowledge is passed from the experts (tutors) to the learners (students) by means of lectures and text books. New educational models based on constructivism can be used in parallel with traditional learning introducing a blended (or enhanced) learning approach. In such a blended environment, organisational, educational and technological issues need to be considered as a whole. In this work, we describe our experience and evaluation results from the introduction of such an enhanced model in a traditional higher education institute. The focus of this effort is to build a flexible and cost-effective model based on three key concepts: Web technology, simulation and adaptation. Initial evaluation has showed that the traditional learning process has boosted student productivity and resulted in a more relaxed educational experience. Results were based on access log analysis in the frame of a computer science undergraduate course. The evaluation sought to measure the impact of this pilot application on current practises and pedagogy.

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