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Journal Article

Blended Supervision for Thesis Projects in Higher Education: A Case Study  pp79-90

Thashmee Karunaratne

© Oct 2018 Volume 16 Issue 2, Editor: Rikke Ørngreen and Karin Levinsen, pp79 - 106

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Abstract

Abstract: The thesis component of a degree program is vital since the quality of it contributes to the quality of the whole degree. Maintaining the quality of the degree programs and handling the constantly increasing numbers of students entering higher education simultaneously is a challenge for many higher educational institutions. This paper presents a study of how ICT can be used to improve the quality and effectiveness of the thesis projects at Bachelors and Masters Levels. Further, how the blended model of supervision supports solving the issues of managing supervisor time efficiently and providing a quality guidance for thesis students are also explored. Supervisors’ perceptions of the ICT enabled thesis process are captured via interviews. Statistics about the completed theses and the user log data of the ICT system are triangulated to complement supervisor perceptions. Results revealed that the supervisors take advantage of the functions in the system to support improving the quality and the quantity of the theses, and the blended supervision model adapted in the thesis process support the supervisors to have a better collaboration with the students.

 

Keywords: Thesis, higher education, blended supervision, quality improvement

 

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Journal Issue

Volume 16 Issue 2 / Oct 2018  pp79‑106

Editor: Rikke Ørngreen, Karin Levinsen

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Keywords: Thesis, higher education, blended supervision, quality improvement, Scaffolding, information search, metacognitive ability, b-learning environment, secondary education

 

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