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Role of power distance phenomena in blended learning in higher education post-Covid-19

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Abstract

COVID has posed several challenges for higher education. There is a rise in blended teaching and learning models that can improve the quality of education, observed Raman. Classroom interaction vital in quality of education is affected by power distance between the teacher and students, states Kasuya. Much research has been done on blended learning but hardly any on the role of power distance in blended learning in higher education, specifically post COVID. Keeping in mind the growing significance of blended learning shortly, it becomes strategically important to understand the role of power distance in blended learning in higher education post-COVID-19. This research paper tries to address the research gap. The study is exploratory, exploring the role of power distancing in blended learning formats during post-COVID-19. The findings indicate that there is a relationship between power distance and the autonomy of an individual. The higher the power distance between a teacher and a student from the teacher’s perspective, it becomes teacher-centred learning. So blended learning with the best of low power distances in terms of the media and delivery mechanism of offline and online ensures the mitigation of power between the teacher and the taught. The research will help the universities create a perfect blended learning format that enhances the quality of higher education. Due to the paucity of time and resources and a ban on respondent interaction due to pandemics, this research is based on secondary data analysis.

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Bharti Wadhwa, Priya Grover, Sabyasachi Dasgupta, Aakanksha Uppal. Role of power distance phenomena in blended learning in higher education post-Covid-19. Cardiometry; Issue 22; May 2022; p.343-350; DOI: 10.18137/cardiometry.2022.22.343350; Available from: https://www.cardiometry.net/issues/no22-may-2022/role_power_distance

Ключевые слова

Blended learning,  Power distance,  COVID-19,  Higher education,  Quality of education
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