Challenges of Applying Blended Teaching in Learning: A Case of First Year Students at University of Botswana (UB)
This study aims to investigating the challenges that first year student’s experience when using blended learning at UB. Most of the first year students at UB are not that computer literate because they had very minimal or no exposure to using computers at basic education level where computer related subjects such as computer studies and information technology [IT] are offered as electives at senior secondary school and only. Hence only few students opt to do these IT courses. More so at basic education level most of the schools do not incorporate use of IT and ICT related tools such as using the computer as part of the teaching and learning aids in day to day classroom teaching and learning. At this level teaching approaches are still very much traditional. However at university level computers are used as part of the teaching and learning tools and learner management systems (LMS) such as Blackboard and Moodle are also used as teaching and learning platforms hence, blended learning is part of many of the courses that these students take. Consequently, this gap of computer literacy between basic education and university poses many challenges to students when using blended learning.
Published in: London International Conference on Education (LICE-2016)
- Date of Conference: 14-17 November 2016
- DOI: 10.2053/LICE.2016.0032
- ISBN: 978-1-908320-76-6
- Conference Location: Heathrow Windsor Marriott Hotel, UK