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dc.contributor.authorEl-Mowafy, Ahmed
dc.contributor.authorKuhn, Michael
dc.contributor.authorSnow, Tony
dc.identifier.citationEl-Mowafy, Ahmed and Kuhn, Michael and Snow, Tony. 2013. Blended learning in higher education: Current and future challenges in surveying education. Issues in Educational Research. 23 (2): pp. 132-150.

The development of a blended learning approach to enhance surveying education is discussed. The need for such learning strategy is first investigated based on a major review of the Surveying course including analysis of its content, benchmarking with key national/international universities, and surveys to key stakeholders. Appropriate blended learning methods and tools that couple learning theoretical principles and developing technical skills are discussed including using learning management systems, flip teaching, collaborative learning, simulation based e-learning, and peer-assessment. Two blended-learning tools that have been developed for surveying units are presented as examples. The first is an online interactive virtual simulation tool for levelling, one of the key tasks in surveying. The second is an e-assessment digital marking, moderation and feedback module. Surveys of students showed that they found the interactive simulation tool contributes to improving their understanding of required tasks. Students also found that the developed e-assessment tool helpful in improving their performance and in helping them to focus on the objectives of each activity. In addition, the use of peer e-assessment to improve student learning and as a diagnostic tool for tutors is demonstrated. The paper concludes with a discussion on developing generic skills through authentic learning in surveying education.

dc.publisherWestern Australian Institute for Educational Research Inc
dc.subjectonline simulation
dc.subjectmarking and moderation
dc.subjectBlended learning
dc.titleBlended learning in higher education: Current and future challenges in surveying education
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titleIssues in Educational Research
curtin.accessStatusOpen access

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