Factors For A High Impact of Blended Learning

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Ioannis Kazanidis, Ioannis Petasakis, Dimosthenis Pappas, Stavros Valsamidis
Eastern Macedonia and Thrace Institute of Technology
Kavala, Greece

Abstract: The changes in technology and people's life brought in the scene new modes of learning. For centuries learners use the traditional learning while from mid nineteenth century some learners had distance learning as the only choice for learning. When in the end of the last century a new mode of learning appeared, e-learning, a lot of learners were excited and followed it either additionally or as the only way for learning. Blended learning is a mode which combines features from the other modes of learning. Many learners are stuck to the traditional mode of learning while many others prefer to have as only choice, the relatively new mode of learning, blended learning. This study investigates whether factors such as gender, age, profession, family status, the location of the school in which they study and the perceived ease of computer use affect the preference of learners to follow blended learning. The findings are interesting and in some cases surprisingly not expected. Marital status does not affect the preference of the educational system while age and profession strongly affect this preference.

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