A Pathway Towards Implementation of Blended Learning in a Medium Sized Canadian University

A Pathway Towards Implementation of Blended Learning in a Medium Sized Canadian University

Maurice Taylor (University of Ottawa, Faculty of Education, Canada), Shehzad Ghani (University of Ottawa, Faculty of Education, Canada), Sait Atas (University of Ottawa, Faculty of Education, Canada) and Michael Fairbrother (University of Ottawa, Faculty of Education, Canada)
Copyright: © 2018 |Pages: 17
DOI: 10.4018/IJOPCD.2018010105
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Abstract

As blended learning increases in higher education, there still remains a dearth of empirical evidence that focuses on how institutions actually adopt such initiatives. The purpose of this instrumental case study was to explore the key factors that led to the adoption and implementation of a blended learning initiative in one medium sized Canadian university. Three research questions guided the study that was nested in the Community of Inquiry framework. Data sources included a total of 83 semi-structured interviews with students, professors, and administrators; 32 student and instructor artefacts and documents and three sets of researcher field notes. Findings indicate that a university-wide initiative needs to integrate both the lived experiences of undergraduate and graduate students in blended learning which are very different. Adoption also recognizes that as professors come to understand the meaning of blended learning, their knowledge needs and teaching practices change. These changes need to be reflected in as training is developed. In addition, widespread implementation involves several critical factors that happen at both the institutional and individual faculty level. The discussion focuses on several key markers that need to be considered along a university-wide pathway towards blended learning.
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Focused Literature Review

Moskal, Dziuban and Hartman (2013) make an important case stating that the implementation of a successful blended learning program requires alignment of student, faculty and institutional goals. This focused literature review will attempt to address these three related areas in order to lay the groundwork for the extent of the study.

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