Course Management Systems and Blended Learning: An Innovative Learning Approach
Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education Volume 9, Number 3, ISSN 1540-4595
This article utilizes Rogers' innovation-decision process model (2003) and Beckman and Berry's innovation process model (2007) to create an innovative learning map that illustrates three learning methods (i.e., face-to-face learning, online learning, and blended learning) in two types of innovation (i.e., incremental innovation and radical innovation) that exhibits the behavior and dynamics on a two-dimensional area of learning changes (i.e., change in learning model and change in technological infrastructure). The behavior and dynamics of face-to-face, online, and blended learning are depicted in the innovative learning map. Blended learning is identified as a radical innovative learning method in the innovative learning map. A course management system (CMS) is an information and communication technology (ICT) tool that can be used to facilitate and balance communication channel within a blended learning environment. Two propositions are proposed in this article: (1) CMS facilitates communication channel, enhances learning practice for learners and instructors, and is an enabler for blended learning; and (2) adopting CMS is suitable for blended learning practice. A case study to a college System Analysis and Design (SA&D) course reflects that the adoption of CMS in a blended learning environment is acceptable.
Chou, A.Y. & Chou, D.C. (2011). Course Management Systems and Blended Learning: An Innovative Learning Approach. Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, 9(3), 463-484.