Designing and Improving a Blended Synchronous Learning Environment: An Educational Design Research

  • Qiyun Wang National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University
  • Choon Lang Quek National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Xiaoyong Hu 2School of Educational Information Technology, South China Normal University, Guangzhou, China
Keywords: blended synchronous learning, blended learning, video conferencing, educational design research, synchronous learning

Abstract

In this study, a blended synchronous learning environment (BSLE) was created to support a group of graduate students when they were taking a course. Instruction was delivered to both face-to-face (F2F) and online students simultaneously. The purpose of this paper is to present how this BSLE was gradually designed, implemented, and improved by following the educational design research approach. Results showed that the BSLE environment had the capability to support online and classroom students at the same time and provide equivalent learning experiences for them, but challenges emerged in the process. Design principles were summarized to guide researchers or teachers when they design similar learning environments.

Published
2017-05-12
How to Cite
Wang, Q., Quek, C. L., & Hu, X. (2017). Designing and Improving a Blended Synchronous Learning Environment: An Educational Design Research. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 18(3). https://doi.org/10.19173/irrodl.v18i3.3034
Section
Research Articles