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Managing the quality of learning in higher education through a hybrid study approach

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dc.contributor.advisor Steyn, G. M. Van Tonder, Silna 2015-09-01T12:12:22Z 2015-09-01T12:12:22Z 2015-02
dc.identifier.citation Van Tonder, Silna (2015) Managing the quality of learning in higher education through a hybrid study approach, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract Technology and globalisation has shaped the experiences and expectations of adult learners in the 21st century. How adults learn and what they want to learn is highly influenced by the world they live in at any given time. The need for customisation, extending traditional learning experiences into new learning experiences will address the quality and value of higher education learning in South Africa. Restructuring of current programmes to be more flexible, accessible, interactive, that supports collaboration of learning activities and accommodates different learning styles, will enrich the adult learners’ learning experience and quality of learning. In suggesting the use of an alternative learning strategy, the use of a hybrid study approach (HSA) has been suggested and investigated. Limited research has been conducted in the use of a hybrid study approach (HSA) and more on what has been said was conducted on pure online learning, therefore this study focused on managing the quality of learning in higher education through a hybrid study approach (HSA). Since the researcher’s interest was to gain insight and understanding of learners’, tutors’ and institutional managements’ perceptions, understanding, concerns and experiences in their real world conditions when using a hybrid study approach (HSA), the qualitative research method was applied. The researcher focused on the micro-level of managing quality of learning by assessing the ‘learning’ when learning with technology. The study adhered to ethical principles and techniques to enhance the validity of the findings. The study found that a need for redress and reform of training and education in South Africa, especially with the integration of technology in higher education, extending into a hybrid study approach (HSA), which is in harmony with international standards of academic quality, knowledge, expertise and skills is needed in a changing global economy. A one-for-all learning approach was found not well suited for the needs of society today and does not foster an all-inclusive learning approach. The move to a knowledge society where learners are interconnected and where information circulate around the world faster than ever, it is evident that much learning occurs in a social environment and does not happen in splendid isolation. It was found evident that life demands and other different roles adult learners need to fulfill, adults intentionally search for educational settings that support their way of learning. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (11 unnumbered leaves, 176 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Education management en
dc.subject Quality learning en
dc.subject Technology learning en
dc.subject Online learning en
dc.subject Blendid learning en
dc.subject New learning in the 21st century en
dc.subject Higher education en
dc.subject Adult learning en
dc.subject Globalisation en
dc.subject Learning experiences and expectations en
dc.subject.ddc 378.17340968
dc.subject.lcsh Education, Higher -- Effect of technological innovations on -- South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Education, Higher -- Computer-assisted instruction
dc.subject.lcsh Universities and colleges -- South Africa -- Administration
dc.subject.lcsh Education, Higher -- South Africa -- Evaluation
dc.subject.lcsh Knowledge management -- South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Information technology -- South Africa
dc.title Managing the quality of learning in higher education through a hybrid study approach en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.description.department Education Leadership and Management M. Ed. (Education Management)

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