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Blended e-learning: The way to go?
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Kathpalia, S. S. (2011). Blended e-learning: The way to go? English Language Teaching World Online (ELTWO), 3, 1-17. Retrieved from
Blending is an art which integrates different types of resources and activities to make learning
more effective. In the last decade, blended learning has extended to include e-learning, with
teachers in higher education integrating e-learning into traditional methods of teaching
(Littlejohn & Pegler, 2007). The objective of this paper is to present one such experiment
with blended e-learning, which combines face-to-face interaction and computer-mediated
communication to teach oral presentation skills in a communication skills course. Through an
analysis of student comments (on video presentations) in the discussion board of Nanyang
Technological University’s e-learning system, this paper aims to gauge whether blended elearning
is a student-centered and constructivist way of learning and how student participants
feel about this type of learning. It is hoped that this preliminary investigation will throw light
on the controversial issue of whether Information and Communication Technologies in
education should be used to augment or replace the face-to-face learning environment.
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