Perceptions and Attitudes towards Blended Learning for Civil Engineering Courses: A Case Study of Students at University of Ibagué

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This paper presents a case study of students’ perceptions and attitudes towards a Blended
Learning (BL) course in Mechanics of Materials at the Civil Engineering Department of
University of Ibagué. It identifies the perceptions and attitudes that blended learning provides to
students’ learning experiences and investigates negative impressions in blended Mechanics of
Materials courses from the learners’ perception. This paper also outlines the concept of BL
courses and e-learning from students’ viewpoints. The BL was conducted as an intent to cover
extra topics, after the Engineering Department decided to change the subject´s number of credits
from six to four. In this approach, the professor videotaped part of the class and assigned them to
students to watch and study outside the classroom as an independent work. He also assigned
readings and problems to work on line. In the face-to-face sessions, home learning was
discussed by work teams and then, by the whole class for group concept consolidation, most of
the time, with the use of physical models to enhance and facilitate understanding. In this paper,
the author conducted a survey through a questionnaire. There are (100) respondents enrolled in
Mechanics of Materials courses distributed in two different classes from two different academic
periods. The questionnaire was designed to measure the students’ perceptions and attitudes
towards BL. This study concludes that the majority of students have a good perception and
attitude towards BL. They consider the class time is used in a more effective and efficient way,
compared to traditional engineering courses approaches; they also have more time to interact with the professor and classmates, they are more active in class and it takes them fewer tries to learn the taught concepts. They also think they have to work extra time inside and outside the classroom and see it as a negative aspect.
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Título de la publicación alojadaPERCEPTIONS AND ATTITUDES TOWARDS BLENDED LEARNING FOR CIVIL ENGINEERING COURSES: A CASE STUDY OF STUDENTS AT UNIVERSITY OF IBAGUÉ
Páginas1-16
Número de páginas16
EstadoPublicada - 2018

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Montoya Valencilla, J. O. (2018). Perceptions and Attitudes towards Blended Learning for Civil Engineering Courses: A Case Study of Students at University of Ibagué. En PERCEPTIONS AND ATTITUDES TOWARDS BLENDED LEARNING FOR CIVIL ENGINEERING COURSES: A CASE STUDY OF STUDENTS AT UNIVERSITY OF IBAGUÉ (pp. 1-16)