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Increasing student engagement using a blended learning environment: A case study of undergraduate biology students

Singh, Sunil K. and Sharma, Bibhya N. (2015) Increasing student engagement using a blended learning environment: A case study of undergraduate biology students. UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)

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    Student engagement is critical in achieving the learning outcomes, improving the quality of learning, and enhancing the retention and completion rates for students studying Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. In this paper, firstly we discuss some of the challenges to increasing student engagement for undergraduate biology students which include reluctance to ask questions during lectures and tutorials, differences in cultural and intellectual backgrounds, asynchronous nature of learning and passive learning environments. We then outline strategies using information communication technologies to increase student engagement in a blended learning environment. In particular, we evaluate the effectiveness of online discussion forums, instant messaging, online quizzes, videos and open educational resources in enhancing student engagement. Our findings suggest that there is greater student to teacher and student to student interaction when using a blended learning environment. This caters for students with diverse learning styles and has led to better performance of students in both formative and summative assessments, and also contributes to the development of transferable skills.

    Item Type: Other
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Blended learning, Biology, Student engagement
    Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
    Q Science > Q Science (General)
    Divisions: Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Biological and Chemical Sciences
    Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Computing, Information and Mathematical Sciences
    Depositing User: Sunil Singh
    Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2016 14:32
    Last Modified: 05 Oct 2016 14:32
    URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/9060
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