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 International Journal of Education and Development using ICT > Vol. 1, No. 2 (2005) open journal systems 


Blended online and face-to-face learning: A pilot project in the Faculty of Education, Eduardo Mondlane University

Xavier Justino Muianga, Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique


Abstract
This paper is about the introduction of blended online and face-to-face learning to the Faculty of Education at Eduardo Mondlane University (EMU) in Mozambique. The main objective of the intervention was to explore the use of a course management system (CMS) within a flexible, student-centred teaching and learning strategy. The author selected two courses, developed an implementation plan, and designed blended versions of the courses, which replaced much of the face-to-face contact teaching with online contact via a course management system. This study is a part of a larger project to develop new teaching and learning methods for the new Education faculty and for EMU as a whole. The study includes a cost and benefit assessment and an assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of learning technologies. Project results include quantitative and qualitative information on the use of the CMS such as the access conditions of students and educators; student preferences across a range of activities; barriers to the use of computers; teaching and learning methods; the useability of the CMS as perceived by students; and barriers to the use of a CMS. The conclusion identifies institutional challenges, and offers recommended solutions to provide the human and technological infrastructure needed for effective implementation of a CMS across the university.


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