Blended learning in higher education: Theory and practice in Finland
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Educational methods, pedagogy and technology used for teaching and learning, is changing. The fact that the price of communication and to deliver information is becoming close to zero requires ...
Educational methods, pedagogy and technology used for teaching and learning, is changing. The fact that the price of communication and to deliver information is becoming close to zero requires educators to reconsider their practices.
Higher education relying only to classical lectures is coming to the end. The "digital first" approach, where all learning materials and large part of course communication such as announcements and assignments, in addition to administrative tasks, is brought to the open web will force us to reconsider how to make the classroom situations more valuable for students.
By introducing flipped classroom approach and study projects we can implement problem based learning and progressive inquiry where students are asked to to research in small groups. In introduction courses we can give for students homework, asking them to read and watch video lectures, and then use the classroom time to discuss about the content. In study projects the small group research should take place in an authentic research environments with more advantages researchers, in labs and studios where the expert work. This way students will have access to the tacit expert knowledge. On the other hand, there is a need to learn skills that will help to work in multidisciplinary groups. Essential is to learn to understand other competences — to respect them and to get excited about them. Therefore part of the studies should take place in multidisciplinary study projects focusing on to solve the real world problems.
In this slide set I start by introducing some sides of Finland and the Aalto University. I continue with a short presentation of pedagogical ideas that aim to be relevant in the network society. I conclude with the "digital first" statement and present some examples from my own courses, as well as of the latest digital tools developed as part of the research in my research group.
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