Enhancing student engagement using a blended learning approach: Case studies of first-year undergraduate students

M. Mahruf Shohel, Rosemary Cann, Stephen Atherton

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Abstract

Student engagement is the core of the teaching and learning practice in higher education. This exploratory action research project was designed to enhance teaching and learning using a blended learning approach to increase student engagement prior, during, and after lecture and seminar sessions of a module run for first-year undergraduate students. Within an academic semester, three action research cycles were carried out to collect data and redesign the classroom practice. Different data collection techniques were used along with Microsoft OneNote Class Notebook. This article presents three case studies of individual students to demonstrate how the digital workspace helped to develop the practice of participatory teaching and learning during a first-year undergraduate module. This study indicates that listening to students' voices through a blended learning approach helped to increase student engagement, thus increasing student participation in shaping and redesigning teaching and learning to engage them within the classroom and beyond.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-68
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning
Volume12
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Oct 2020

Keywords

  • Action Research
  • Active Learning
  • Blended Learning
  • Digital Workspace
  • Higher Education
  • Learning
  • OneNote Class Notebook
  • Online Platform
  • Reflective Practice
  • Student Engagement
  • Teaching

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