BLENDED LEARNING AS A TEACHING SUPPORTING SOLUTION IMPROVING THE QUALITY AND EFFECTIVENESS OF THE EDUCATION PROCESS

J. Binda1, K. Repková Štofková2

1Bielsko-Biala School of Finance and Law (POLAND)
2Žilinská Univerzita (SLOVAKIA)
Educational process is constantly changing, striving to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of teaching methods. There are several reasons for this state of affairs, e.g. market demands for specific competencies and the speed of their achievement, increasing range of material to learn, more and more frequent need to combine learning/studying and work, ensure the participation in classes to people with granted individual modes of study, women bringing up children and cost reduction concerning educational process. Information and communication technologies and techniques have great and continuous impact on almost every sphere of human’s life, including teaching process. The key challenge of modern educational process is improvement of quality of the education process, promotion of best practices, exchange of academic experiences, transfer of knowledge and innovative solutions between market and higher education institutions, etc. (in accordance with Europe 2020 strategy). New technologies implemented in e-learning and blended learning solutions, brings significant support in this area. They allow to gain expected results easier and in a more effective way. This way of teaching is becoming increasingly popular, as evidenced by the numbers of students studying in the so-called virtual universities. In the quest to obtain the best results of the learning process, supported by information and communication technologies, the number of teaching platforms and models has been created and developed. However, the diversity of available platforms and teaching models makes this process more and more complicated in search of the best and most effective solutions. The paper is going to present benefits of blended learning teaching and LMS used in higher education based on completed international project with some partners and solutions implemented at an academic institution. The pilot survey was carried out mainly on academic staff involved in project at this institution. The researches was carried out in Poland and Slovakia.