Blended Learning: An Asian Perspective

ID: 33121 Type: Brief Paper
  1. R. Tham, University of Newcastle, Australia, Singapore
  2. L. Tham, Stirling University, UK, Singapore

Wednesday, March 9 4:40 PM-5:00 PM Location: Edgewood

Presider: Natalie A. Johnson-Leslie, Arkansas State University, United States

Abstract: This paper examines the current stage of development of blended learning in higher education in China, Korea and Japan, with a comparison to the city state of Singapore. It is noted that blended learning and e-learning are introduced at institutes of higher learning in these countries with varying degrees of success. In China, for example, while blended learning was well-received, the dominance of traditional teaching methods goes against the conditions required for mainstreaming e-Learning. A review of existing literature showed that there are a host of key issues and challenges which prevent Asian countries from harnessing the full potential of blended learning in higher education.

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