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Strategies for incorporating blended  learning into an HE environment            John Earland
What is blended learning?
DET definition• The Department for Education and Training  (DET) provides a definition of blended  learning:• “learning wh...
Heinze and Procter researchBlended Learning is learning that is facilitated by the effective combination of different mod...
Blended learning isn’t….a cheap way to deliver coursesanother name for distance learninga one size fits all pedagogya ...
How do we deliver material?PhysicalVirtual
Physical MethodsDemonstrationsExperimentsTutorialsGroup presentationsSeminarsLectures
Virtual Methods Blogs and Reflective Journals Wikis/Deli.cio.us/Glogster/Wallwisher – to allow  collaborative assessment...
What if we BLEND these two together? Two becomes one superb       learning environment• Now we have the opportunity to enh...
A blended learning concept Blackboard course structure reflects the actual course  structure; Each module broken down in...
Blackboard course    structure             Course Materials,             Assignments etc. all tabs             redefined t...
Learning units          The learning areas contain the          Scheme of Work, the subject being          covered at a pa...
Learning unit content        In this section the student will find        the learning outcomes expected        from study...
Blogs-My Personal Journal                 This is the journal                 used as a vehicle for                 studen...
Lessons Learnt• Time requirements• Blended learning misconceptions• Still learning• All staff and students must “buy in” t...
And finally ...• “Innovation distinguishes between a leader  and a follower.” Steve Jobs• I am committed to Blended Learni...
References and creditso DET, (2003) Blended Learning, NSW Department of Education and  Training.o Heinze, A. and Procter, ...
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  1. 1. Strategies for incorporating blended learning into an HE environment John Earland
  2. 2. What is blended learning?
  3. 3. DET definition• The Department for Education and Training (DET) provides a definition of blended learning:• “learning which combines online and face to face approaches”. (DET, 2003)• Simplistic and two dimensional
  4. 4. Heinze and Procter researchBlended Learning is learning that is facilitated by the effective combination of different modes of delivery, models of teaching and styles of learning, and founded on transparent communication amongst all parties involved with a course. (Heinze and Procter, 2003)This provides a broader and richer context to inspire innovation and creativity
  5. 5. Blended learning isn’t….a cheap way to deliver coursesanother name for distance learninga one size fits all pedagogya way of reducing staff commitments on a course
  6. 6. How do we deliver material?PhysicalVirtual
  7. 7. Physical MethodsDemonstrationsExperimentsTutorialsGroup presentationsSeminarsLectures
  8. 8. Virtual Methods Blogs and Reflective Journals Wikis/Deli.cio.us/Glogster/Wallwisher – to allow collaborative assessment-both formative and summative and sharing of ideas Discussion Forums Text Messaging Assignment Submission Gradecentre Assessment tools – tests, quizzes etc.content generator Virtual Classroom/Pronto/Mizaru Handouts/Dvolver/ Course Documents RSS Feeds
  9. 9. What if we BLEND these two together? Two becomes one superb learning environment• Now we have the opportunity to enhance and enrich out students’ learning experience• The skill is in the blending ..like any good tea taster can tell you!
  10. 10. A blended learning concept Blackboard course structure reflects the actual course structure; Each module broken down into areas of study; Each area of study has the learning outcomes and assessment strategies outlined; Learning materials are uploaded and enhanced using CourseGenie; Quick quizzes and self assessment formative tests follow the learning materials; Written/Online summative assignments Online tutoring using chat/virtual classroom Use of blogs, wikis, podcasts, vodcasts and SMS texting
  11. 11. Blackboard course structure Course Materials, Assignments etc. all tabs redefined to reflect the structure of the course. Also include quick links to the Discussion Board, My Blogs, RSS feeds and course admin. area.
  12. 12. Learning units The learning areas contain the Scheme of Work, the subject being covered at a particular time and some general learning materials that cover the course as a whole, along with the podcasts. These could easily be located elsewhere if it was deemed appropriate. Once you are in a particular learning area, the learner would then drill down into the specific subject of interest at a particular time of the course.
  13. 13. Learning unit content In this section the student will find the learning outcomes expected from studying this section and how they are going to be assessed. It is important that there is an online component so that the learner can track their own progress and you can check learning.
  14. 14. Blogs-My Personal Journal This is the journal used as a vehicle for student self reflection and to identify action points for progress. This is very much a personal reflective log but one which is monitored by tutors with the permission of the learners.
  15. 15. Lessons Learnt• Time requirements• Blended learning misconceptions• Still learning• All staff and students must “buy in” to the concept• Communication is essential• Collaborative as well as individualised learning must be at the heart of the strategy
  16. 16. And finally ...• “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” Steve Jobs• I am committed to Blended Learning as the way ahead in all areas of education, and I am confident that I can help drive this university forward to meet the challenges and exciting opportunities of the future .
  17. 17. References and creditso DET, (2003) Blended Learning, NSW Department of Education and Training.o Heinze, A. and Procter, C., (2003) Reflections On The Use Of Blended Learning. University of Salford, Salfordo Procter, C., (2003) Blended Learning in Practice, In Inaugural Education in a Changing Environment conference. University of Salford, Salford.o Singh, H. (November - December 2003) Issue of Educational Technology, Volume 43, Number 6, Pages 51-54.o Adams,J. (2010)C reativeC ollaborative Learning UsingW eb 2.0 Tools. Society for Teachingand Learning in Higher Education. Toronto,Canada. June 2010 Available from:o http://bathspa.academia.edu/JoelleAdams/Papers/184784/Using_techno logy_to_improve_learning_teaching_and_research_in_my_professional_ practice

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