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Blended Learning Essentials - 35,000 participants and counting


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Presentation at Bett Show 2017, London, UK for Blended Learning Essentials course on Futurelearn funded by the Ufi Trust. See

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Blended Learning Essentials - 35,000 participants and counting

  1. 1. Blended Learning Essentials: 35,000 participants and counting Bett Show London - January 2017
  2. 2. Blended Learning Essentials If you are working in further education, skills training, vocational education, workplace learning, lifelong learning or adult education, these free online courses are designed to help you understand the benefits of blended learning and how to make more effective use of technology to support your learners.
  3. 3. Connect and sign up now Next run starts 1 May #FLble2 and @BLEcourse on Twitter Next run starts 20 Feb #FLble1 and @BLEcourse on Twitter
  4. 4. New for 2017/18 Blended Learning Essentials is expanding: in addition to ‘Getting Started’ and ‘Embedding Practice’, two new courses have been added: ‘Developing Digital Skills’ and ‘Supporting Apprenticeships’.
  5. 5. How many people signed up to date….
  6. 6. Who was on BLE1-r1 & BLE2-r1 58.2% 42.3% 23.0% 54.9% 39.0% 25.6% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% Vocational Education and Training Higher Education School Education Which area of Teaching and Education do you work in? Select all that apply. BLE1-r1 (n.825) BLE2-r1 (n.82)
  7. 7. Who was on BLE1-r1 & BLE2-r1 61.7% 32.0% 13.9% 13.0% 12.0% 4.3% 1.4% 69.6% 19.6% 19.6% 10.7% 16.1% 1.8% 0.0% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% Teacher or trainer in the vocational education and training sector Training and development professional Manager of a vocational education or training organisation Other Learning Technologist Librarian ICT technician If you work in Vocational Education and Training, in which role(s)? Select all that apply. BLE1-r1 (n.575) BLE2-r1 (n.56)
  8. 8. Interim Findings from evaluation • Excellent engagement: > 20,000 comments in 1st run • Awareness of tools and technologies increased from 46% to 90% pre to post course • Significant increase, 25% to 48%, in ‘BL would work for my context’ • Most significant barrier, ‘limited knowledge’, fell from 54% to 14% • Courses exceed expectations for ~50%
  9. 9. Case Studies of Impact • From 10 participant interviews • Emergent themes of main impacts: – Popular tools are Padlet, Socrative, Kahoot!, iObserve – Community discussion is especially useful – Course supports local personal development agendas – Participants report on colleagues’ engagement – Using online course with local support is effective
  10. 10. CELTA case study Profile: FE College lecturer for ELT teachers Context and Reach Digital Champion support PGCE students Tools and techniques used Padlet Flipped learning Peer assessment TES Blendspace “I saw the flipped learning thing I just I want have a go with that” “we shouldn’t be reinventing the wheel all over the country … for me it was really quite a revelation” “seeing what's going on in the classroom and listening to the practitioner giving you really practical points”
  11. 11. Corporate Training & Development case study Profile: Lead, Professional Development Programme (UK), International Utility Company Context and Reach 20-30% of training moving to digital by 2020 400 trainers Tools and techniques used Padlet Kahoot Socrative iObserve “having a third party come and say, OK this is what other teams - other organizations or businesses - are using, that is very useful” “the structure of it - lends itself to the way I like to learn things - to get involved”
  12. 12. FE Area Lead case study Profile: Programme Lead for Science & Humanities at FE College (A Level, BTEC, NVQ Apprenticeships) Context and Reach Digital Champion promoted courses in college and to NHS colleagues Tools and techniques used Prezi Socrative Padlet “the students loved that [Socrative]. They could all do it on their mobile phones and it was great" “Padlet gets an amazing response which is exactly what I see happening in the college with students" “I knew whereabouts they were in the programme from the fact that they suddenly started to use different things in the classroom, like Socrative or Prezi”
  13. 13. Post-compulsory PGCE Lecturer case study Profile: Post-compulsory PGCE Tutor for VET teachers & trainers. Context and Reach BLE embedded in PGCE 100 trainee teachers visited on placement Tools and techniques used Padlet Kahoot Socrative Screencasting “I actually took some headphones and I could see the screencast myself so I was very impressed with how she delivered it” “there was definitely a big change after the MOOC” “a source of nuisance before, they could now use the mobile phones in a constructive way”
  14. 14. Ready now for CPD: Blended Learning Essentials courses for all staff – free, flexible and online
  15. 15. Who leads and funds this course? This course is funded by the Ufi Charitable Trust and is delivered on Futurelearn by a consortium led by:
  16. 16. Blended Learning Essentials for Vocational Education and Training Part 1: Getting started Course aims are: • use a range of effective blended learning practices and pedagogies to improve your learners’ experience and attainment • understand how the many free and affordable technologies now available can enhance teaching and learning, and • approach new technologies with confidence, designing a pedagogical approach to make the best use of these tools Part 2: Embedding practice Course aims are: • integrate new technologies into courses, and learning and training opportunities; • propose ways in which new technology can help to address key challenges in the VET sector; • develop your own skills further and contribute to the sector’s community knowledge of the optimal uses of blended learning.
  17. 17. Blended Learning Essentials for Vocational Education and Training Part 1: Getting started
  18. 18. Blended Learning Essentials for Vocational Education and Training Part 2: Embedding practice
  19. 19. How learning on FutureLearn works: Meet the course…
  20. 20. Blended Learning Essentials for Vocational Education and Training Part 2: Embedding practice, Week 1
  21. 21. Blended Learning Essentials for Vocational Education and Training
  22. 22. Blended Learning Essentials for Vocational Education and Training
  23. 23. Blended Learning Essentials for Vocational Education and Training
  24. 24. Participating in BLE • It is anticipated that most participants will take both parts of the course, however you are not required to take part 1 in order to join part 2. • Sign up at: Part 1 - learning-getting-started Part 2 - learning-embedding-practice • Receive a confirmation email: – Complete the online survey – Fill out your profile – Invite friends to join
  25. 25. What’s it like to participate?
  26. 26. Participating in BLE • On the start date of the course content will appear under ‘My Courses’ when you are logged into FutureLearn • It’s a good idea to complete your profile and interact with other participants as much as possible • The recommended time commitment is 4 hours per week for the duration of the course, but this is flexible and course content remains live after the course ends
  27. 27. Blended Learning Essentials for Vocational Education and Training
  28. 28. Participating in BLE Ways to participate: • Videos, audio and articles – review these items in your own time, often followed by short quizzes to help cement knowledge. • Discussion –talk over a topic with fellow learners, a great way to benefit from the wider BLE community. • Quizzes – these activities are not scored. You have unlimited attempts to complete them, and will be given hints along the way. • Tests – these are scored activities which count towards your final mark. You will be given a maximum of three attempts to pass these tests, and you will receive a lower mark if you pass the test on a second or third attempt. • Assignments – BLE may include some assignments, with the opportunity to give and receive feedback from your fellow learners.
  29. 29. Learn with colleagues in the Vocational Education and Training sector This online course will be supported by a group of dedicated Digital Champions. They will help participants connect with teaching and training professionals who understand the practical, everyday challenges of using blended learning in your sector. This way participants will have access to colleagues with the experience to answer questions, to discuss ideas and share problems.
  30. 30. Pathways to accreditation As a course participant you have a number of ways to gain professional recognition and accreditation for participating in the course and as a next step in your professional development. The different pathways include: • FutureLearn Statement of Participation • Accreditation via professional bodies and CPD • Paths to accreditation via other bodies, e.g. the UCL Institute of Education.
  31. 31. Connect and sign up now Next run starts 1 May #FLble2 and @BLEcourse on Twitter Next run starts 20 Feb #FLble1 and @BLEcourse on Twitter
  32. 32. Next course launch: ‘Developing Digital Skills is a new course in the Blended Learning Essentials family and will launch in October 2017 – registration will open for registration in the summer.