Classroom adaptations for blended learning practices

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Author list: Moreira, F., Sarmento, T. S., & Gomes, A. S.
Publisher: ACM
Place: New York, NY, USA
Publication year: 2018
Languages: English-Great Britain (EN-GB)


Hybrid education or blended learning is an educational method that
incorporates technological and online resources into regular classes,
even in traditional learning environments. Spatial conditions influence
social relations and the development of cultural bonds inside a
building, which may affect changes in layout configuration and usability

The traditional configuration of most school classrooms must be
reconsidered to allow changes in the educational paradigm.

However, it is not clear which environmental aspects should be modified
to improve performance in physical learning environments, especially to
accommodate hybrid models in classrooms. This paper describes a
participatory design process used to understand students’ needs and
perceptions in this era of digital and cultural changes. This study was
carried out in a public secondary school in Northeastern Brazil and
adopted qualitative research techniques to perform a participatory
design exercise

and understand the students’ needs and problems. They collaborated in
prototyping workshops to develop new classroom environment concepts.

The results suggest a set of guidelines for learning environment
suitable for hybrid models that were developed using a participatory
approach and linked learning activity modalities to environment quality


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