The Impact of Blended Learning at the Fiji National University
Blended learning has been an on-going mode of teaching and learning along with fully face-to-face and online modes at the Fiji National University (FNU) since the university adopted Moodle and other technological tools. However, online and blended learning became more significant in April to November 2021, when the university closed as part of the national disease control measures in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. As part of the technology-enabled learning supported by the Commonwealth of Learning at FNU a study on the impact of blended learning was conducted to assess the university’s use of blended learning and its impact on student learning experiences and academic achievement. Students’ attitudes towards blended learning and the relationship between blended learning and students’ grades were examined. // The results of the survey indicated that the majority (84%–93%) of the students perceived blended learning positively, with most (89%–92%) reporting that their teachers played a positive role in their learning and took an interest in their learning. A comparison of the students’ grades between blended and non-blended learning courses showed mixed results: a difference in the grades was noted in six courses (40%) but in nine other courses (60%), there was no significant difference. Overall, students had a positive opinion of the blended learning environment as it provided them with opportunities to learn when, where and at a pace that suited them.