This qualitative research on blended learning has two main proposes. The first aim is to investigate situation of blended learning research in Thailand. The second aim is to determine recent effective environments for blended learning, its obstacle, and how to improve blended learning in an Innovation and IT in Education course. For these purposes, total of 55 graduate-level theses regarding blended learning which published during year 2006 to 2013. In addition, the research samples are a group of lecturers and 30 undergraduate students are selected by purposive sampling. The research tool used in the study was a questionnaire. The study results reveal two significant aspects. Firstly, regarding to an analysis on blended learning research in Thailand, most research on this topic has been completed during 2012 and 2013. The research has been done the most by the department of Educational Technology using sample groups of undergraduate-level students who attended in academic courses related to Educational Technology subject. Moreover, the most preferred blended learning model is the one that integrate face-to-face with e-learning. Secondly, regarding to recent studying on learning environments, the study also shows that the learning environments of educational technology classes provide effective environments for implementing blend learning idea. About the obstacle of blended learning, the lecturers and students totally agree that, instead of learning by traditional face-to-face sessions alone, classroom should be more supplemented with e-learning sessions. Therefore, a preferred solution for this issue is a learning model which combines face-to-face approach together with e-learning model.
Wirachat Banyen, King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Thailand
Stream: Instructional Technology
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