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IJIET 2018 Vol.8(2): 108-120 ISSN: 2010-3689
doi: 10.18178/ijiet.2018.8.2.1019

Empowering Your Students Satisfaction with Blended Learning: A Lesson from the Arabian Gulf University Distance Teaching and Training Program

Alajab Mohammed Alajab Ismail

Abstract—Learning and instruction effectiveness repent main issues in the educational process; blended learning nowadays has become a major educational approach during the last decades as enrollment in online courses continues to increase. Therefore, there is an increasing need to understand factors that affect the students’ satisfaction with the blended learning experience and its impact on post-graduate programs learning outcomes. This research explores an enhanced blended learning approach for teaching a graduate learning theory course at the Arabian Gulf University and assesses its impacts on subjects’ satisfaction with the blended learning experience. Twenty tow (n=22) diploma and master students, between the ages of 25-38 years old, were participated in the present study and taught the learning theory course (DE 05013) by using the proposed enhanced blended learning approach: intensive face–to-face sessions, online learning, free internet search, small class discussions and online discussions using WatsApp. A satisfaction with blended learning instrument was administrated by the end of the course for the data collection. Satisfaction with blended learning instruments was composed of three parts (satisfaction with the subject matter, satisfaction with the teaching method and satisfaction with the course instructor).Data analysis revealed that students' satisfaction could increase when the instructor provides learning environments not only in a traditional classroom but in an asynchronous online system as well.

Index Terms—Blended learning, open and distance learning, satisfaction with learning, distance teaching and training program.

Alajab Mohammed Alajab Ismail is with the Department of Distance Learning, College of Graduate Studies, Arabian Gulf University. Manama, B.O.Box:26671, Kingdom of Bahrain (e-mail: alagabm@agu.edu.bh).


Cite: Alajab Mohammed Alajab Ismail, "Empowering Your Students Satisfaction with Blended Learning: A Lesson from the Arabian Gulf University Distance Teaching and Training Program," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 108-120, 2018.

General Information

  • ISSN: 2010-3689 (Online)
  • Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Inf. Educ. Technol.
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • DOI: 10.18178/IJIET
  • Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. Steve Thatcher
  • Executive Editor: Ms. Nancy Y. Liu
  • Abstracting/ Indexing: Scopus (CiteScore 2022: 2.0), INSPEC (IET), UGC-CARE List (India), CNKI, EBSCO, Google Scholar
  • E-mail: ijiet@ejournal.net


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