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  2. 2. What is Blended Learning? <ul><li>“ The term is commonly associated with the introduction of online media into a course or programme, whilst at the same time recognising that there is merit in retaining face-to-face contact and other traditional approaches to supporting students. It is also used where asynchronous media such as email, forums, blogs or wikis are deployed in conjunction with synchronous technologies , commonly text chat or audio.” </li></ul><ul><li>Janet Macdonald Blended Learning and Online Tutoring: Planning Learning Support and Activity Design , 2008, p2 </li></ul>
  3. 3. Learning/Pedagogy
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  5. 5. My Role <ul><li>Building internal communities </li></ul><ul><li>Look for experts/experimenters: share information </li></ul><ul><li>Pedagogical underpinning </li></ul><ul><li>Conference attendance: feed in the latest ideas </li></ul><ul><li>University strategies: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wimba </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning Network </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Web 2.0 </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. The 21 st Century Learner
  7. 7. Synchronous Conferencing ; ;
  8. 8. Draft Wimba Strategy, Dec. 2009 <ul><li>Twenty-first century learners are commonly referred to as ‘digital natives’, well versed in text messaging, Facebook and other types of social media, and less so in textbooks and face-to-face communication.  While the term has been contested, there is no doubt that student populations are becoming increasingly diverse with correspondingly diverse learning needs. An increasing number of students attend part-time, study while working or take distance learning programmes and all students are used to receiving information and communication in various ways. The University of Winchester must be responsive to the changing student profile and provide means of delivering programmes which meet the demands of flexibility. </li></ul><ul><li>In addition, the University has a strong internationalisation agenda and is interested in exploring various means by which our students can engage with students and their learning in other countries. </li></ul><ul><li>Furthermore, the demands of sustainability and carbon consciousness require the University to explore eco-friendly means by which to engage with colleagues in other institutions involved in joint projects of various kinds. </li></ul><ul><li>Systems such as Wimba provide mechanisms which will allow the University to diversify its learning and teaching methods/opportunities (underpinned by pedagogy) in such a way as to respond to these diverse needs. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Wimba Classroom
  10. 10. Wimba: Pronto, Voice, Create
  11. 11. <ul><li>But how can we use it? </li></ul>Technology is just a tool?
  12. 12. A Digital Native: Jake’s Story <ul><li>“ Jake told the executive that he never goes directly to a brand like this man’s newspaper or even to blogs he likes. ... he reads a lot of news – far more than I did at his age. But he goes to that news only via the links from Digg, friends’ blogs, and Twitter. He travels all around the internet that is edited by his peers because he trusts them and knows they share his interests . The web of trust is built at eye-level, peer-to-peer.” (Jarvis, p.86, my emphasis ) </li></ul>
  13. 13. What’s out there?
  14. 14. More Useful?
  15. 15. YouTube: Winchester Journalism
  16. 16. Delicious Bookmarking
  17. 17. Facebook Group
  18. 18. A Visual Guide to Twitter
  19. 19. Twitter @winchmfs
  20. 20. Key Online Contacts <ul><li>David Hopkins (Bournemouth University): ; @hopkinsdavid </li></ul><ul><li>Steve Wheeler (University of Portsmouth): @timbuckteeth </li></ul><ul><li>Lisa Harris (University of Southampton): @lisaharris </li></ul><ul><li>Lorraine Warren (University of Southampton) @doclorraine </li></ul><ul><li>Jane Hart (Centre for Learning & Performance Technolgies) @c4lpt </li></ul>
  21. 21. Websites/Blogging <ul><li>Websites/Wikis </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Non-Linear Structure </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Blogs: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Real-time engagement, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Formative feedback </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>External review & accountability </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. A few other tools at the University of Winchester? <ul><li>Moodle-Based Learning Network </li></ul><ul><li>E-Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasts </li></ul><ul><li>Electronic Submission </li></ul><ul><li>Clickers </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile learning, inc. iPhone Apps </li></ul><ul><li>SkillsNet: </li></ul><ul><li>Second Life </li></ul>
  23. 23. March 2010: University Website <ul><li>web site </li></ul><ul><li>email </li></ul><ul><li>blogs </li></ul><ul><li>social media and networks </li></ul><ul><li>wiki </li></ul><ul><li>video </li></ul><ul><li>podcasts </li></ul>Queries: [email_address]