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Sharon Huttly

More than blended learning: lessons learnt in postgraduate health studies

Sharon Huttly
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London

Susan Horrill
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London

Anne Tholen
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London

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     Presentation date: 10/31/2006 2:15 PM in ST Windsor A
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Abstract
In the late 1990s the LSHTM launched postgraduate distance learning courses alongside its long-established face-to-face courses. Now a flourishing programme with students from over 100 countries, the distance learning initiative has realised a key aim of widening participation through alternative study opportunities. This paper will reflect on the experiences of offering the two primary study modes in parallel and on the developments which have occurred in each through lessons learnt from the other. As expected, over time, overlap of the two modes has occurred with respect to student learning opportunities, further enhancing flexibility of study options and helping to address diversity of learner needs. However, the paper will also consider other dimensions in which such blending has occurred such as course management, quality assurance and enhancement, student support and learning resources. Quantitative and qualitative data from practice-based research and case study examples will be used to illustrate these multiple dimensions of blending. The paper will conclude with the implications of these findings for distance learning in the field of postgraduate health studies.

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