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Students' Perception of a Blended Learning Approach in an African Higher Institution

Ahmed Ibrahim Safana (Cyprus International University, Turkey)

Muesser Nat (Cyprus International University, Turkey)

Abstract: This research examined the studentsÂ’ perception of blended learning pedagogy in an African higher institution. The research was aimed at introducing a better and a qualitative teaching and learning approach which can accommodate the overpopulated classes in African institutions. A mixed research method was implemented in gathering and analyzing the data obtained from the study. A mixed learning experiment was conducted with some students from an African higher institution. One hundred and twenty-five students taking a JAVA programming course participated in the experiment. Focus team, semi-structured interview, and questionnaires were employed during the experiment. The findings argue that the new learning approach (blended learning) may motivate and enhance the students' learning efficiency. In conclusion, a framework or a guideline has been suggested for the possible implementation of blended learning in African higher education institutions amidst their limited resources, and educational institutions in developing countries at large.

Keywords: African institutions, approach to learning, blended learning, face-to-face learning, students' perception

Categories: L.2.3, L.3.4, L.3.6