Virtual Reality or Virtually Real: Blended Teaching and Learning in a Master's Level Research Methods Class

John Lidstone (Queensland University of Technology, Australia) and Paul Shield (Queensland University of Technology, Australia)
Copyright: © 2010 |Pages: 111
EISBN13: 9781616921354|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-880-2.ch006
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This paper examines the enabling effect of using blended learning and synchronous internet mediated communication technologies to improve learning and develop a Sense of Community (SOC) in a group of post graduate students consisting of a mix of on-campus and off campus students. Both quantitative and qualitative data collected over a number of years supports the assertion that the blended learning environment enhanced both teaching and learning. The development of a SOC was pivotal to the success of the blended approach when working with geographically isolated groups within a single learning environment.
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