Planning for success in blended learning Dr Janet Macdonald & Dr Lore Gallastegi OU in Scotland GTC Education Conference, ...
Agenda <ul><li>Blended learning: what does it mean? </li></ul><ul><li>Examples of blended learning at the OU </li></ul><ul...
About blended learning <ul><li>What does it mean to you? </li></ul><ul><li>Why would you go blended? </li></ul><ul><li>Wha...
Course objectives Purpose of interaction F to F + online Which tool? Student needs Environment
Thinking about purpose <ul><li>Your intention: </li></ul><ul><li>meeting the group </li></ul><ul><li>keeping in touch </li...
Flexibility <ul><li>“ Our cohort has become increasingly diverse, with many students having to juggle work and family comm...
Building confidence <ul><li>“… [for students] at entry  </li></ul><ul><li>level, a mix of contacts,  </li></ul><ul><li>but...
Dialogue <ul><li>“ I had one telephone contact </li></ul><ul><li>concerning a late assignment </li></ul><ul><li>submission...
Time for reflection <ul><li>“ It’s nice to have time to  </li></ul><ul><li>compose a meaningful  </li></ul><ul><li>message...
The Open University 1969-2009  <ul><li>Flexible part-time study </li></ul><ul><li>Largest University in the UK </li></ul><...
Supported open learning <ul><li>Course materials </li></ul><ul><li>- texts and course books, CD-Rom, DVD </li></ul><ul><li...
Student Home
Library resources <ul><li>14,000 electronic journal titles </li></ul><ul><li>7,500 e-books </li></ul><ul><li>255 databases...
OU tutors/study advisors <ul><li>Pastoral care: the realities of part time study </li></ul><ul><li>Academic support: facil...
Collaborative tools Forums Blogs Wikis IM E assessment E portfolio Library resources RSS Calendars, tracking The largest M...
Courses and resources for teaching staff
Open Learn www.open.ac.uk/openlearn/get-started/get-started-educator
Open Learn  www.open.ac.uk/openlearn
Open Learn  www.open.ac.uk/openlearn
Teach and Learn  www.teachandlearn.net
www.open.ac.uk/cpd
Young Applicants in Schools
Young Applicants in Schools   www.open.ac.uk/yass-in-scotland
YASS  – What is it? <ul><li>A quality, genuine HE experience </li></ul><ul><li>A partnership between the OU and schools </...
Modules on Offer <ul><li>Over 50 courses: arts, business studies, science, health and social care, law, maths, computing, ...
Benefits for students <ul><li>Excellent learning experience: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>complements other subject choices  ...
YASS support network OU Scotland YASS Co-ordinator and Educational Adviser School Coordinator Student Parents OU Tutor/Stu...
Science Courses <ul><li>Series of short courses (10 points) –  including astronomy, Darwin and evolution, fossils, forensi...
Blended learning.. <ul><li>Allows flexibility to accommodate part-time study in or out of the classroom </li></ul><ul><li>...
<ul><li>Learning Development Team </li></ul><ul><li>OU in Scotland </li></ul><ul><li>www.open.ac.uk/scotland </li></ul><ul...
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'Planning for success in blended learning.' (National Education Conference, 28 May 2009)

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'Planning for success in Blended Learning.'
The Open University, Workshop 9, GTC Scotland National Education Conference, 28 May 2009.

How might online media be used to help students learn more effectively? This workshop will review a range of aims and objectives in tuition, and illustrate how online technologies are used in tutoring activities at the Open University in combination with face to face tuition. Participants will be given an opportunity to reflect on the implications for their own practice.

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'Planning for success in blended learning.' (National Education Conference, 28 May 2009)

  1. 1. Planning for success in blended learning Dr Janet Macdonald & Dr Lore Gallastegi OU in Scotland GTC Education Conference, Stirling, May 2009
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>Blended learning: what does it mean? </li></ul><ul><li>Examples of blended learning at the OU </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Courses and resources for teaching staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Young Applicants in Schools </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. About blended learning <ul><li>What does it mean to you? </li></ul><ul><li>Why would you go blended? </li></ul><ul><li>What might influence the blend? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Course objectives Purpose of interaction F to F + online Which tool? Student needs Environment
  5. 5. Thinking about purpose <ul><li>Your intention: </li></ul><ul><li>meeting the group </li></ul><ul><li>keeping in touch </li></ul><ul><li>allowing flexible study </li></ul><ul><li>explaining difficult concepts </li></ul><ul><li>maintaining motivation </li></ul><ul><li>issuing timely reminders? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Flexibility <ul><li>“ Our cohort has become increasingly diverse, with many students having to juggle work and family commitments alongside study...” </li></ul><ul><li>(Griffeth Univ, Australia) </li></ul>
  7. 7. Building confidence <ul><li>“… [for students] at entry </li></ul><ul><li>level, a mix of contacts, </li></ul><ul><li>but face to face, or voice </li></ul><ul><li>to voice has the most </li></ul><ul><li>compelling effect in group </li></ul><ul><li>cohesion and motivation.” </li></ul><ul><li>(Arts tutor) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Dialogue <ul><li>“ I had one telephone contact </li></ul><ul><li>concerning a late assignment </li></ul><ul><li>submission. When I quizzed </li></ul><ul><li>her about what she had </li></ul><ul><li>already done, I realised that </li></ul><ul><li>she was on the wrong track…” </li></ul><ul><li>(Social Science tutor) </li></ul>
  9. 9. Time for reflection <ul><li>“ It’s nice to have time to </li></ul><ul><li>compose a meaningful </li></ul><ul><li>message rather than </li></ul><ul><li>responding [without time to </li></ul><ul><li>think] – as at face to face or </li></ul><ul><li>on the phone.” </li></ul><ul><li>(Social Sciences tutor) </li></ul>
  10. 10. The Open University 1969-2009 <ul><li>Flexible part-time study </li></ul><ul><li>Largest University in the UK </li></ul><ul><li>Choice of 360 degrees </li></ul><ul><li>200,000 students </li></ul><ul><li>Over 2 million have studied with OU </li></ul><ul><li>A quarter of UK’s HE part-time population are OU students </li></ul>
  11. 11. Supported open learning <ul><li>Course materials </li></ul><ul><li>- texts and course books, CD-Rom, DVD </li></ul><ul><li>Structured calendar (with deadlines!) </li></ul><ul><li>Regular assignments </li></ul><ul><li>Course website </li></ul><ul><li>StudentHome </li></ul>
  12. 12. Student Home
  13. 13. Library resources <ul><li>14,000 electronic journal titles </li></ul><ul><li>7,500 e-books </li></ul><ul><li>255 databases </li></ul><ul><li>93 courses integrating e-resources </li></ul>
  14. 14. OU tutors/study advisors <ul><li>Pastoral care: the realities of part time study </li></ul><ul><li>Academic support: facilitating understanding of course material </li></ul><ul><li>Formative feedback on assignments </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting interaction </li></ul><ul><li>Appropriate use technologies </li></ul>
  15. 15. Collaborative tools Forums Blogs Wikis IM E assessment E portfolio Library resources RSS Calendars, tracking The largest Moodle VLE user in the world Video conf
  16. 16. Courses and resources for teaching staff
  17. 17. Open Learn www.open.ac.uk/openlearn/get-started/get-started-educator
  18. 18. Open Learn www.open.ac.uk/openlearn
  19. 19. Open Learn www.open.ac.uk/openlearn
  20. 20. Teach and Learn www.teachandlearn.net
  21. 21. www.open.ac.uk/cpd
  22. 22. Young Applicants in Schools
  23. 23. Young Applicants in Schools www.open.ac.uk/yass-in-scotland
  24. 24. YASS – What is it? <ul><li>A quality, genuine HE experience </li></ul><ul><li>A partnership between the OU and schools </li></ul><ul><li>A wide range of courses at first year university level </li></ul><ul><li>For students in S6 </li></ul><ul><li>An opportunity to stretch able and motivated students </li></ul><ul><li>Study alongside school curriculum </li></ul>
  25. 25. Modules on Offer <ul><li>Over 50 courses: arts, business studies, science, health and social care, law, maths, computing, social science, technology and engineering, and so on </li></ul><ul><li>10, 15, 30 or 60 points at SCQF Level 7 </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple start dates </li></ul><ul><li>From 10 weeks to 9 months </li></ul><ul><li>Short courses most popular (70%) especially Science (55%) </li></ul>
  26. 26. Benefits for students <ul><li>Excellent learning experience: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>complements other subject choices </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>supports a hobby or special interest </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>helps with career choices </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Broadens their academic profile </li></ul><ul><li>Develops HE study skills, online study skills </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstration of academic potential </li></ul><ul><li>Builds confidence and self esteem </li></ul><ul><li>Helps with the transition from school to university or college </li></ul>
  27. 27. YASS support network OU Scotland YASS Co-ordinator and Educational Adviser School Coordinator Student Parents OU Tutor/Study Adviser
  28. 28. Science Courses <ul><li>Series of short courses (10 points) – including astronomy, Darwin and evolution, fossils, forensic science, archaeology, human genetics, molecules, medicines and drugs, and nutrition </li></ul><ul><li>Four presentations a year </li></ul><ul><li>Telephone support with study advisers </li></ul><ul><li>Choice of 2 alternative end of course assessment dates, last 8-20 weeks </li></ul>
  29. 29. Blended learning.. <ul><li>Allows flexibility to accommodate part-time study in or out of the classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Can be responsive to student needs and a variety of purposes in intervention </li></ul>
  30. 30. <ul><li>Learning Development Team </li></ul><ul><li>OU in Scotland </li></ul><ul><li>www.open.ac.uk/scotland </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.open.ac.uk/blogs/learndevdist/ </li></ul>

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