Blended Learning – Competence building in Mass Courses
Alexander Schmoelz, Andrea Payrhuber, University of Vienna, Austria
E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Vancouver, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-76-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA
This paper presents a new ‘blended’ course, which was developed to redesign the initial study phases of the Department of Communication. The main aim is to provide high-quality education in social-scientific methods for more than 1300 first-year students each academic semester. The question was how to manage the large number of students and maintain subject-specific and pedagogical quality as well as personal guidance at the same time. To meet this challenge, the new blended learning scenario entails lectures and professional online seminars. In this manner, the new blended learning framework interlinks subject-specific theory, practical experience, study skills and reflections, whilst simultaneously enhancing students’ media competencies. Conclusively the paper discusses the implementation process and the results. If and how the didactical framework achieves a homogeneous and high-quality knowledge base of social-scientific methods is the question to be answered.
Schmoelz, A. & Payrhuber, A. (2009). Blended Learning – Competence building in Mass Courses. In T. Bastiaens, J. Dron & C. Xin (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2009--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 1944-1947). Vancouver, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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