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Understanding How Students Perceive a Blended Learning Environment

Linda Wanless (Michigan Technological University, USA)
Session Information
July 8, 2014 - 1:00pm
Teaching & Learning Effectiveness
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Research and Evaluation
Institutional Level: 
Universities and Four Year Institutions
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Information Session
Governor's Square 14
Session Duration: 
50 Minutes
Information Session 1
Virtual Session

Physical, psychological and social

Extended Abstract

Higher education is moving forward in providing a variety of new learning environments to engage students in a meaningful learning experience. As in any environment, there are positive and negative environmental dimensions (physical, psychological and social) that influence the performance of an individual in that particular environment. Students' perceptions to the presence or absence of psychosocial dimensions in emerging learning environments are influential to a student's cognitive and affective outcomes. Gaining an understanding of how students perceive their learning environment based on psychosocial dimensions is vital to the development of emerging learning environments and for the improvements to student outcomes.

Join Dr. Linda Wanless as she shares the results of her research study that examined and compared students' perceptions of the psychosocial dimensions in blended and online learning environments at a public university. The Person-Environment fit theory and constructivist theories along with aspects of social ecology provided the conceptual framework for this research. Participants' perceptions were measured using The College and University Classroom Environment Inventory. A quantitative analysis of the data showed significant differences in perceptions of the psychosocial dimensions between blended and online environments.
This informational session will introduce the audience to the seven common psychosocial dimensions present in most all environments and how students perceived these dimensions in both blended and online learning environments. The informational session will conclude with a discussion on how instructors can use this knowledge to develop and structure blended environments that more closely match a student's preferred environment from the aspect of psychosocial dimensions.

Lead Presenter

Dr. Linda Wanless has over twelve years undergraduate teaching experience and is currently an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering Technology at Michigan Technological University. Dr. Wanless has a Ph.D. in Post-Secondary and Adult Education from Capella University. Today her research interest in learning environments continues to evolve with a recent collaboration with Herman Miller on the design and implementation of an experimental learning space on her university campus.