Doheny, Damien (2006) Blended Learning: An Adaptive Generic Formula. Masters thesis, National College of Ireland.
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This dissertation focuses on blended learning, and on creating and implementing its optimal application. Furthermore, it investigates the current level of learning blends in Irish companies and in British and Irish third level institutions. It chronicles the birth and current popularity of blended learning by way of exploring classroom and online instruction, two well-established models.
The author has decided to investigate through practical research and study the possibilities and importance of blended learning in the modern learning landscape. The existence of a perfect universal blend has been a source of conjecture among experts for years. The author took it upon himself to find out if this learning enigma exists.From the evidence, it is clear that the perfect blend has not been discovered or implemented and it is through his research and findings that the author will present a recipe for learning in a modem environment.
Several customary methods of data collection were employed, such as the opinions of established authors, document analysis, survey and experimental research. The key finding of this work suggests that by using an equal educational blend (classroom and online), learning will be at its most effective. Other key findings included, Irish third level institutions are ahead of its neighbour Britain, as 15% of Irish third level institutions currently offer online courses as compared to 8% in British third level institutions. The research also indicates that Irish companies are more actively involved in providing blended learning solutions.
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