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Title: Using a blended approach to facilitate postgraduate supervision
Authors: De Beer, Marie 
Mason, Roger Bruce 
Keywords: Blended learning;Postgraduate supervision;Postgraduate research
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Routledge
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
Originally published in: Innovations in Education and Teaching International, Vol. 46, No. 2, 2009.
DOI: 10.1080/14703290902843984
Rights: The electronic version of the article published in Innovations in Education and Teaching International 2009, 46(2): 213-226 © 2009 copyright Taylor & Francis. The Innovations in Education and Teaching International is available online at:
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