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The Future Of Blended Learning V3

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The Future Of Blended Learning V3

  1. 1. The Future of Blended Learning Mike Parsons and Mary Rose
  2. 2. Objectives <ul><li>Interim assessment of trends and potential solutions </li></ul><ul><li>Learning and the students of the future </li></ul><ul><li>Blended learning and technology combinations </li></ul><ul><li>VLE for motivation and inspiration </li></ul><ul><li>Why not Domino/Lotus notes? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Our use of LUVLE <ul><li>Innovation ENTR 313 and EBIN 504 </li></ul><ul><li>LUVLE has provided a platform </li></ul><ul><li>LUVLE staff tailored to our needs to date </li></ul><ul><li>Our key objectives were: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Motivation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interaction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Progress Monitoring </li></ul></ul><ul><li>BUT will this be an adequate platform for students of future? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Future Challenges <ul><li>Changing markets for HE </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Global markets for blended learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Outreach activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Top up fees and expectations of experience </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A New Generation of students </li></ul>
  5. 5. Into the future <ul><li>Changing environment for blended learning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Student’s expectations based on past experience of learning environments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Rapid change in primary and secondary schools </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A new generation (brothers and sisters of current students) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Changing use of social software on daily basis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mobile technologies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wireless networks </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Blended Learning Technologies <ul><li>From PC Lab to Laptop </li></ul><ul><li>Wireless </li></ul>
  7. 7. Blended Learning futures <ul><li>Not only for distance learning, but learning and teaching for campus based students </li></ul><ul><li>Will the new generation of students accept methods we have taken for granted? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Blended Learning is more than distance learning <ul><ul><li>Active use of VLE, laptop, and wireless network by staff and students outside and inside classes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>An opportunity to motivate and engage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Depends on investment – </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>in infrastructure – teaching rooms, wireless </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>VLE </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Which collaborative platform? <ul><li>Domino has delivered across campus access to course materials </li></ul><ul><li>Thanks to LUVLE staff we have stretched its capability but we are have reached its limits.    </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  Software written in the mid/late 80's and outmoded. </li></ul><ul><li>  Originally designed for industry different needs    </li></ul><ul><li>Narrow range of tools option </li></ul><ul><li>Options are not user (teacher) controlled </li></ul><ul><li>  It is primarily a storage device. </li></ul><ul><li>Students see it as clumsy </li></ul>
  10. 10. Is LUVLE a VLE? <ul><li>A VLE defined as : </li></ul><ul><li>a learning environment used actively by teachers and learners </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Helps track progress </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Facilitates self and group learning and collaboration </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Embedded within learning and teaching </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. The way forward <ul><li>Technology not an end in itself </li></ul><ul><li>People and needs lie at heart of successful blended learning </li></ul><ul><li>Sakai, Moodle, Blackboard would all do the job </li></ul><ul><ul><li>User friendly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flexible </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enhance productivity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Varying templates/modules so one size doesn’t fit all </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Less about precise platform than ability to motivate and inspire </li></ul><ul><li>Failure to recognise need for change: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>‘ Imagine a school in which the children can read and write and in which the teachers cannot and you have a metaphor for the information age in which we live.’ </li></ul></ul>

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