Using a blended approach to facilitate postgraduate supervision.

12 Feb

Authors: de Beer, Marie; Mason, Roger

Source: Innovations in Education & Teaching International, Volume 46, Number 2, May 2009 , pp. 213-226(14)

Publisher: Routledge, part of the Taylor & Francis Group


This paper explores the feasibility of using a blended approach to postgraduate research-degree supervision. Such a model could reduce research supervisors’ workloads and improve the quality and success of Masters and Doctoral students’ research output. The paper presents a case study that is based on a framework that was originally designed for blended learning activities. It is based on supporting different types of interaction between postgraduate research students and their supervisors. The findings show that a blended approach to postgraduate supervision improves the supervision process, reduces the administrative workload of the supervisor, and creates a dynamic record of the supervision process. The results to date imply that traditional supervision practice needs to be revisited and modified to include digital procedures. The research project is in its infancy and, since at least three years is necessary for the completion of postgraduate degrees, this paper reports only on the first two stages of the research project.

Keywords: blended learning; postgraduate supervision; postgraduate research

Document Type: Research article

DOI: 10.1080/14703290902843984

Affiliations: 1: Durban University of Technology, Durban, South Africa 2: Durban University of Technology, Durban, South Africa,University of Wolverhampton Business School, Wolverhampton, UK

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