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 International Journal of Education and Development using ICT > Vol. 12, No. 2 (2016) open journal systems 


Benefits and challenges of introducing a blended project-based approach in higher education: Experiences from a Kenyan university

Myriam D Munezero, University of Eastern Finland
Balozi K Bekuta, University of Eldoret


Abstract
This article investigates a blended project-based approach that was introduced to forestry and ICT undergraduates as an extracurricular activity at the University of Eldoret, Kenya. The approach blends problem-based learning and participatory design to solve real-life forestry problems. Even though the use of the approach itself is not novel, in this article, we explore its introduction as an extracurricular activity at a university that currently follows a more traditional teaching paradigm. Using a multiple case study, the study explores the project implementation activities and student experiences in order to identify the benefits gained and challenges faced. The findings show that the used blended project-based approach results in solutions that are more contextually relevant and also equips the participating students with technical, interdisciplinary and interpersonal skills that are essential to entering the workplace which they may otherwise have not acquired from their curricula.


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