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dc.contributor.authorSheriffdeen, Seyeden_NZ
dc.description.abstractThis research is concerned with identifying the challenges / problems of flexible learning environments in the tertiary education sector. Flexible learning environments usually allow students to choose from a mix of learning opportunities/resources, including “face-to-face” learning, distance learning and e-learning. The term “blended learning” is used when students are expected to participate in both “face-to-face” learning and e-learning. Research was conducted using mixed qualitative and quantitative method, and the data were collected through interviews and online survey. Ten staff members were interviewed and 145 students participated in the survey. Both sets of data have been summarized and analysed by the researcher to draw meaningful conclusions. This thesis identifies the challenges and problems faced by students and staff in flexible learning environment, especially the challenges of online learning which is considered as the latest version of the flexible learning environment. Key findings provided to answers the following questions: • What are the challenges faced by students, teachers and support staff which can reduce the effectiveness of the learning and teaching process? • What are the learning/technical difficulties encountered by the students from various ethnic communities of New Zealand? • How can flexible learning be made more effective if the identified challenges and difficulties are resolved?en_NZ
dc.subjectflexible learning environmentsen_NZ
dc.subjectblended learningen_NZ
dc.subjecttertiary educationen_NZ
dc.titleChallenges faced by staff and students at tertiary level in flexible learning environment: An institutional studyen_NZ
dc.typeMasters Dissertationen_NZ
dc.rights.holderSeyed Sheriffdeenen_NZ of Computingen_NZ of Computing and Information Technologyen_NZ Institute of Technologyen_NZ
dc.subject.marsdenInformation, Computing and Communication Sciences (280000)en_NZ
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationSheriffdeen, S. A. (2007). Challenges faced by staff and students at tertiary level in flexible learning environment: An institutional study. Unpublished thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the degree of Master of Computing, Unitec New Zealand, New Zealand.en_NZ
unitec.supervisorMuller, Logan|Unitec New Zealanden_NZ
unitec.supervisorShukla, Ranjana|Unitec New Zealanden_NZ
unitec.institutionUnitec New Zealanden_NZ
unitec.advisor.principalMuller, Logan
unitec.advisor.associatedShukla, Ranjana

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