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A Cross Country Comparison: The Good, Bad and Ugly of Blended Learning

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Invited presentation for GW4 Alliance Away Day, 14th July 2015.

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A Cross Country Comparison: The Good, Bad and Ugly of Blended Learning

  1. 1. A Cross Country Comparison: The Good, Bad and Ugly of Blended Learning GW4 Alliance Away Day 14th July 2015 Professor Mark Brown
  2. 2. “Blended and online learning is a bit like teenage sex. Everybody says they're doing it but in reality very few really are; and those who are doing it aren't doing it very well.”
  3. 3. Palmerston NorthAuckland Wellington Distance Worldwide 32,000 students
  4. 4. Officially launched 28th November, 2013 by Ruairi Quinn, Minister for Education and Skills, and Lord David Putnam, The Republic of Ireland’s Digital Ambassador. http://www.dcu.ie/nidl
  5. 5. http://www.nmc.org
  6. 6. 1. Development – Individual vs Collective 2. Quality – Assurance vs Enhancement 3. Scale – Cottage vs Enterprise Three tensions….
  7. 7. • Demand-led rather than supply driven • Stronger programme focus • Evidence of impact 1. Development – Individual vs Collective
  8. 8. 2. Quality – Assurance vs Enhancement • Peer review of teaching • Professional trust • Quality culture
  9. 9. http://www.icde.org
  10. 10. 3. Scale – Cottage vs Enterprise • Distributed leadership • Core infrastructure • Policy alignment
  11. 11. Conclusion…
  12. 12. “A prudent question is one-half of wisdom” Francis Bacon
  13. 13. Contact Details… www.dcu.ie/nidl mark.brown@dcu.ie @mbrownz www.slideshare.net/mbrownz

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