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Pages: 8521-8532
Publication year: 2016
ISBN: 978-84-608-8860-4
ISSN: 2340-1117
doi: 10.21125/edulearn.2016.0860

Conference name: 8th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 4-6 July, 2016
Location: Barcelona, Spain

BLENDED LEARNING - AN EPISTEMIC CONCEPTUALIZATION OF “LEARNING AS WAYFINDING” IN BLENDED ENVIRONMENTS

S. Dau

University College of Northern Denmark (DENMARK)
Blended Learning has been implemented, evaluated and researched for the last decades within different educational areas and levels. Blended learning has been coupled with different epistemological understandings and learning theories, but the fundamental character and dimensions of learning in blended learning are still insufficient. Moreover, blended learning is a misleading concept described as learning, despite the fact that it fundamentally is an instructional and didactic approach (Oliver & Trigwell, 2005) addressing the learning environment (Inglis, Palipoana, Trenhom & Ward, 2011) instead of the learning processes behind. Much of the existing research within the field seems to miss this perspective. The consequence is a lack of acknowledgement of the driven forces behind the context and the instructional design limiting the knowledge foundation of learning in blended learning. Thus, most of the conducted research lacks a fundamental knowledge of what characterize learning in blended learning. Instead, much research takes already well known theoretical learning theory and applies it to the investigations. These theoretical perspectives are often rooted within social constructivism and constructivism without investigating the origin of learning in a blended learning environment. Furthermore, only a few studies take the effort to apply a longitudinal approach (Dau, 2015) which is necessary for revealing foundation of the learning process.

This paper adds a new perspective to the conventional conducted research within a blended learning by addressing the epidemic foundation of blended learning. Through empirical investigations of what characterize learning in blended learning from an ecological phenomenological approach the origin and dimensions of learning within blended learning environments are revealed. The research question addressed is how learning can be conceptualized in a blended learning environment.

The research method conducted is based on a critical phenomenological approach, case studies and narrative interpretations. The design consists of mixed methods based on a longitudinal study conducted within a period of 2 years among undergraduate teacher and radiography students. The data material consists of 19 focus group interviews, 4 observations studies and several desktop studies.

The results reveal that blended learning metaphorical must be regarded as a way-finding process of navigating different learning environment. Blended learning is conceptualized as an ecological learning process where sociality, mobility, interactionality, structures, spatiality, identity and emotionality are central dimension affiliated to blended learning as way-finding.

Based on the findings, it is suggested that further research on blended learning and of learning by wayfinding is necessary. Furthermore, studies within other educational areas are thus needed. Moreover, employers’ surveys are suggested investigating the long term effect of “learning by wayfinding” among skilled professionals.
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S. Dau (2016) BLENDED LEARNING - AN EPISTEMIC CONCEPTUALIZATION OF “LEARNING AS WAYFINDING” IN BLENDED ENVIRONMENTS, EDULEARN16 Proceedings, pp. 8521-8532.
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