Title: Can Blended Learning Replace Face-to-face Teaching in Machine-Knitting Courses?
Stream: Teaching Experiences, Pedagogy, Practice & Praxis
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation
Kawai Lo, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Chu-po Ho, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Jinyun Zhou, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Hiu-ting Tang, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Over the past two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has made unprecedented impacts on teaching and learning (T&L). In tertiary education, face-to-face classes were replaced by online teaching, while most of the hands-on classes and practicums were suspended. The transition was challenging yet it gave us a chance to rethink about the pedagogy and T&L direction in the future. The aim of this study is to compare the learning efficiency and students’ learning experience of blended learning with face-to-face (f2f) teaching in the machine-knitting course. The blended learning course included online self-study modules and a training workshop to examine the learning outcomes. It was believed to maximise the learning effect yet reduce the total study hours. A pilot test was carried out on a group of knitwear design students who had taken f2f knitting classes before, so that they can compare the learning experience and efficiency between blended learning and f2f teaching. The students’ learning outcomes were assessed by the knitting tasks in the workshops. Data and comments collected from questionnaires and interviews after the course were analysed. The results proved the effectiveness of combining self-learning with hands-on workshops, but at the same time it emphasised the important of hands-on training which was irreplaceable. This study could provide references for improvement on future course design and similar hands-on training courses in other institutes.
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