Towards Overcoming Millennial Classroom Barriers: Reflections from Engineering Students on Blended Teaching and Learning Innovations

  • Moira Catherina Bladergroen University of Stellenbosch
  • Anton Basson University of Stellenbosch
  • Deborah Blaine University of Stellenbosch

Abstract

A proposition for the use of a blended teaching and learning approach maintains that (a) ease of access and flexibility (b) an increase in the degree of active learning, and (c) an improvement in learning experiences and learning outcomes for students are expected accomplishments to implementation success. In this paper, we present an analysis of how a blended teaching and learning approach influenced the experiences of faculty engineering students. Our empirical analysis found that a blended teaching and learning approach is students’ preferred teaching strategy, and traditional face to face teaching strategies alone are no longer sufficient for achieving success with new generation engineering students. Further, we show how the blended teaching and learning approach can enhance understanding of engineering knowledge and support students who would otherwise lack behind. We also show how active support from faculty management enhances the implementation subtleties and advance the development of a dynamic pedagogy. Our findings offer lecturers important insights into students’ preferences. Also how lecturers can endorse and design a teaching and learning approach that is agile and adaptable, meeting the challenges of the environment in which they are working, which is similarly in endless flux.

Published
2018-06-25
How to Cite
BLADERGROEN, Moira Catherina; BASSON, Anton; BLAINE, Deborah. Towards Overcoming Millennial Classroom Barriers: Reflections from Engineering Students on Blended Teaching and Learning Innovations. Critical Studies in Teaching and Learning (CriSTaL), [S.l.], v. 6, n. 1, p. 18-34, june 2018. ISSN 2310-7103. Available at: <http://cristal.epubs.ac.za/index.php/cristal/article/view/140>. Date accessed: 18 sep. 2018. doi: https://doi.org/10.14426/cristal.v6i1.140.
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