Contributed Paper C235
Blended Learning in Higher Education: A Case Study in Postgraduate Applied Statistics Programs
AuthorsJahar Bhowmik (Australia)
Brian Phillips (Australia)
Denny Meyer (Australia)
PresenterJahar Bhowmik (Australia)
Blended learning describes the way e-learning is combined with traditional classroom methods and independent study to create a hybrid teaching methodology for accommodating an increasingly diverse student population. Swinburne’s postgraduate Applied Statistics programs adopted the blended learning approach more than a decade ago for a mixed cohort of students. The learning design uses the thoughtful integration of learning and teaching approaches in on-campus, face-to-face and online/virtual learning environments by utilising the benefits of each of these environments to enhance the student learning experience. These programs facilitate learning interactions across formal, informal and online learning and teaching spaces. This flexible approach has been well accepted among both online and on-campus students, which is verified by the feedback received from students during recent study periods.