Blended learning as a disruption in a vocational education building program

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Meg Colasante
La Trobe University

Cathy Hall-van den Elsen
RMIT University

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A building and construction teaching team in a vocational education school (within a university in Melbourne) introduced a blended learning model to one-third of their program. Traditionally, building students are accustomed to a high ratio of face-to-face learning, therefore, this new model disrupted the experience of both teacher and student. The model was examined using e-learning evaluation research methodology and findings are presented using the framework of Glazer’s (2012) characteristics of blended learning. Examination of the program identified areas in need of attention, such as active learning and online interaction and communication. Finally the authors promote the use of Glazer’s framework as a pedagogical evaluation tool for blended learning designs, while drawing out a particular focus on teacher presence as a distinct item in this framework.

About the authors

Meg Colasante

Meg Colasante works at La Trobe University as Lecturer, Educational Development (Digital Learning Strategy), currently within the La Trobe Online team within La Trobe Learning and Teaching. This follows two decades of teaching, educational design, and academic development roles at RMIT University. Meg is also a PhD candidate with Deakin University, studying university teacher practices with digital video.

Cathy Hall-van den Elsen

Dr Cathy Hall-van den Elsen is a retired academic who has worked in learning and teaching for a number of years. Until August 2014 Cathy was the Senior Manager, Academic Development Group in the College of Business at RMIT University. Cathy has contributed to projects associated with the scholarship of learning and teaching, teacher induction, transnational teaching, and innovative teaching practices, and has recently consulted on several projects at RMIT University.