Blended learning in distance education: Sri Lankan perspective
Liyanagunawardena, T. R.;
Adams, A. A.;
The purpose of this paper is to explore the implementation of online learning in distance
educational delivery at Yellow Fields University (pseudonymous) in Sri Lanka. The
implementation of online distance education at the University included the use of blended
learning. The policy initiative to introduce online components to distance education in Sri Lanka
was guided by the expectation of cost reduction and the implementation was financed under the
Distance Education Modernization Project.
This paper presents one case study of a larger multiple-case-study research project that
employed an ethnographic research approach in investigating the impact of ICT on distance
education in Sri Lanka. Documents, questionnaires and qualitative interviews were used for data
collection. The lack of access to computers and the Internet, the lack of infrastructure, low levels
of computer literacy, the lack of local language content, and the lack of formal student support
services at the University were found to be major barriers to implementing compulsory online
activities at the University. This record was migrated from the OpenDepot repository service in June, 2017 before shutting down.
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