A Blended E-Learning Topology in an ODL Environment: A Case Study of AIOU
The working ecology of the distance learning has been transformed in a revolutionary manner after the rapid advancement in the Information and Communication Technologies. The traditional distance education has now gained the shape of online learning or e-learning after the advent of these ICTS, bringing so many challenges and more competitive environment for distant learning institutions. This research study has been conducted to propose a blended e-learning topology in a localized environment of an open and distance learning institute. The case study of Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has been taken. The model consists of development of small re-useable learning objects, delivery of course instructions to distant learners, communication between student and teacher, classroom-based teaching, course assignment, and final examination. The proposed model has been implemented in AIOU for a selected computer science course. The result of the students in the final examination show that the performance of the students enrolled in blended e-learning mode of content delivery has been improved when compared to students of same level enrolled in traditional mode of education. The male and female proportion of respondents was also appropriate. The students also showed strong preference for using blended e-learning model.
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