refining the blend

Refining the blend: developing a student centred framework for multi-modal education



This project seeks to answer the questions: What are students’ preferences, expectations, and experiences with regard to their learning experiences? How might this inform development of a student-centered framework for learning for a dual mode cohort? This qualitative study explores student preferences, expectations and experiences with regard to learning experiences in the QUT Master of Information Technology (Library and Information Studies) (MIT(LIS)) and Master of Information Science (Library and Information Practice) (MIS(LIP)). The project incorporates an interview study that will explore students’ expectations for and experience of studying in the MIT(LIS) and the MIS(LIP). A questionnaire will provide data related to students’ experiences with and preferences for particular teaching and learning strategies used in the course. The project will deliver a student-centred framework for multi-modal learning, with a focus on quality, sustainability and scalability. The framework will provide a roadmap for learning design and recommendations for implementation (e.g. strategies for staff capability building, requirements for the virtual learning environments). Given increasing student demand for flexibility and prevalence of blended learning designs, the framework developed will be broadly applicable beyond the course.

Project team

  • Dr Kate Davis (lead)
  • Professor Helen Partridge
  • Dr Elham Sayyad Abdi
  • Katya Henry (research assistant)
  • Lynn McAllister (research assistant)
  • Clare Thorpe (research assistant)


QUT Science and Engineering Faculty Teaching and Learning Grant ($15,000)


June 2014 – July 2016


  • July 2016: Final analysis and write up phase



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