Developing Independent Learning Skills for Postgraduate Students through Blended Learning Environment

Developing Independent Learning Skills for Postgraduate Students through Blended Learning Environment

Ing Liang Wong (School of Engineering and Built Environment, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, Scotland, UK)
Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 15
DOI: 10.4018/jcit.2013010103
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Abstract

Independent learning is a critical learning strategy in higher education, especially in the blended learning environment (BLE). This paper investigates the relevance and suitability of enhanced teaching, learning and assessment (TLA) activities within the BLE and evaluates how these can help postgraduate students to become independent learners at Glasgow Caledonian University. The existing TLA activities of Building Assessment module were reviewed, curriculum redesigned and constructively aligned to learning outcomes. An online survey was carried out to evaluate the appropriateness of TLA activities in developing students’ independent learning skills. Students’ responses on their preferences for module delivery were investigated. Success of TLA activities depends on students’ experience and their familiarity with these activities. Most students agreed that, the use of formative assessment and learning technologies in the BLE was able to develop their independent learning skills; however these activities should be designed and structured properly, with learning supports provided by tutors.

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