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The ‘Pleasure Principle’ in Blended Learning Approaches

The ‘Pleasure Principle’ in Blended Learning Approaches
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Author(s): Paul Peachey (University of Glamorgan, UK)
Copyright: 2012
Pages: 17
Source title: Blended Learning Environments for Adults: Evaluations and Frameworks
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Panagiotes S. Anastasiades (University of Crete, Greece)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-0939-6.ch005


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Online technologies were met with initial enthusiasm in the UK following the publication of the Dearing Report (1997). However, this excitement soon became subdued due to disappointing outcomes and unfulfilled expectations regarding the online programmes. Considering the importance that the online component has on a blended learning programme, this chapter argues that the challenge in higher education is to get learners to want to engage as opposed to have to engage and therefore a sense of enjoyment should be added to the blend along with a sound pedagogy and an efficient technology. This chapter endeavours to discern some underlying grounded theory based on classic psychology that might underpin the efficient design of a blended learning programme and offers pragmatic considerations that might help to achieve it.

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