Blended learning


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A presentation re the use of blended learning from a practical teaching perspective. It was given to educators present at the "Perfecting the Blend" conference held recently in Ararat, in partnership with my teaching colleague and friend, Britt Gow.

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Blended learning

  1. 1. Creating and Sustaining Communities of Inquiry in Blended Learning Environments "Demonstrating and discussing how teaching presence can be designed, facilitated, and directed in a blended learning environment in order to increase levels of student engagement and success."
  2. 2. Britt Gow @brittgow [email_address] Anne Mirtschin @murcha [email_address]
  3. 3. Student Engagement <ul><li>How do we measure engagement? </li></ul><ul><li>Quantitatively by increased attendance </li></ul><ul><li>Student opinion data </li></ul><ul><li>Qualitatively by curiosity for more information </li></ul><ul><li>Willingness to attend nighttime 'extra' classes </li></ul><ul><li>Increased motivation, enthusiasm and involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Increased focus on tasks </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>How do we measure success? </li></ul><ul><li>Not just VCE scores, but connectedness to school </li></ul><ul><li>Community involvement & social competencies. </li></ul><ul><li>Pathways to tertiary study and employment </li></ul><ul><li>Enjoyment of learning </li></ul>Student Success
  5. 6. eLearning Global Education Rural Education My Passions!
  6. 7. Meet my VCE accounting class... Renee
  7. 8. <ul><li>3 virtual students (one over 2010, 2011!) </li></ul><ul><li>1 ESL student </li></ul><ul><li>One student in unit 3 / 4 without unit 1 / 2 </li></ul><ul><li>A mix of two levels of accounting – year 11 and 12 </li></ul>
  8. 9. The timetable
  9. 10. Tools used…. School email
  10. 11. MOOC textbooks The students Learning network @ Email lists communities Learning Resources
  11. 12. The virtual classroom! Every student has a voice!
  12. 13. From the chat…. <ul><li>“ this is much better than school classes” (after a night time session) </li></ul><ul><li>James M Sorry, I am on a very bad connection tonight, so it is very slow. </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual student: i had to look at the L on my hand and got confused (in regard to debits and credits) </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual student:  </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual student: i remember that i just forgot which side was left and right </li></ul><ul><li>i dont even know wat we r looking at?? </li></ul><ul><li>i havent even started it :/ </li></ul>
  13. 14. .......................more chat! <ul><li>dont confuse me this tinme </li></ul><ul><li>i dont get why you have that 400 on the debit side </li></ul><ul><li>i always get confused between debtors and creditors, who do we pay, and who pays us?? </li></ul>
  14. 16. ESL students Can you please tell me a summary of the chapter?
  15. 17. Visual Learning with Word Clouds
  16. 18. I was googled! <ul><li>‘” Miss, can you please give me TRIAL EXAMS for unit 4 vce accounting 2011 and from previous years </li></ul><ul><li>My classes are big and my teacher isnt that good withrevision so i was wondering. i was wondering if you know any VCE MATH METHODS and ENGLISH  sites like this so i can email teachers if i dont undertand or want practise exams.” </li></ul>
  17. 19. My Teacher Blog for instructions, reflections and shared conversations
  18. 20. Monitoring Progress <ul><li>Check sheets </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Forums </li></ul><ul><li>Comments on my blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Google forms </li></ul><ul><li>Photos, videos - slide share, voicethread, youtube, blackboard collaborate </li></ul><ul><li>Chat in blackboard collaborate, </li></ul><ul><li>Observing students working in blackboard collaborate via application sharing </li></ul>
  19. 21. Checking understanding
  20. 24. Benefits <ul><li>Recordings </li></ul><ul><li>Save chat, whiteboards etc </li></ul><ul><li>Interactivity </li></ul><ul><li>Emoticons </li></ul><ul><li>Every student has a voice </li></ul>
  21. 25. Engagement <ul><li>Interactive </li></ul><ul><li>Students are happy to login from home at night </li></ul><ul><li>from home when sick or unable to attend school </li></ul><ul><li>Group or individual </li></ul><ul><li>Breakout rooms </li></ul><ul><li>Recording factor </li></ul><ul><li>Application sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Chat </li></ul>
  22. 26. Monitoring and reporting progress <ul><li>(This is the hard one) – capturing data that analyzes learning beyond the regular data </li></ul><ul><li>Tools – blogs, wallwisher </li></ul><ul><li>Setup online surveys – google form </li></ul><ul><li>Comments back on blog posts </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook updates </li></ul><ul><li>Dropbox </li></ul><ul><li>interviewing students </li></ul>
  23. 27. Challenges <ul><li>Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile phone service </li></ul><ul><li>Digital objects for accounting </li></ul><ul><li>Risk taking – ahead of red tape, but that follows </li></ul><ul><li>Language barriers/time zones </li></ul><ul><li>Timetables </li></ul><ul><li>Budgets </li></ul><ul><li>The 10-20% play factor </li></ul><ul><li>Timetables </li></ul><ul><li>Different schools’ accessibility/infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Rethinking school as it exists </li></ul>
  24. 28. Blended Learning - Britt <ul><li>Technoscience and Technomaths Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Connect with Experts </li></ul><ul><li>Communicate with colleagues </li></ul><ul><li>Global Projects - Online Science Fair, International Energy Challenge, Potato Olympics, Paper Airplane Project </li></ul><ul><li>Ballarat University Virtual Teaching Program </li></ul><ul><li>VCE Environmental Science </li></ul>
  25. 30. How did my online classes start? <ul><li>Enquiries from students who did a Google search </li></ul><ul><li>Comments on my VCE Env Sci blog and Ning </li></ul><ul><li>Requests from the Victorian Association of Environmental Education </li></ul><ul><li>Not available as a Distance Learning subject due to practical component </li></ul><ul><li>Video practical experiments </li></ul><ul><li>Invite other schools to participate </li></ul>
  26. 32. VCE Environmental Science - Britt <ul><li>Eight students from four different schools </li></ul><ul><li>Blackboard Collaborate for 90 minutes each week </li></ul><ul><li>Skype & telephone </li></ul><ul><li>Blog, Email and Facebook </li></ul><ul><li>Face-to-face excursions and study camp </li></ul><ul><li>In 2012, ten students and three first-time teachers with their classes </li></ul><ul><li>Ultranet and PolyCom </li></ul>
  27. 34. My experience.... <ul><li>Each student is unique and has different preferences and ways of learning </li></ul><ul><li>Need to offer a variety of tasks: </li></ul><ul><li>Questions, polls and voting </li></ul><ul><li>Reading, writing, listening </li></ul><ul><li>Images, text, audio and video </li></ul><ul><li>Web tours and application sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Drawing, cutting & pasting images </li></ul><ul><li>Completing tables of data </li></ul>
  28. 36. Mathletics as Blended Learning <ul><li>Online maths activities, including avatars, games, teacher-assigned activities, help button, assessments, tutorials, rewards, competitions and tracking. </li></ul><ul><li>Can access from school and home. </li></ul><ul><li>Compliments face-to-face instruction </li></ul>
  29. 37. We use Skype and Blackboard Collaborate to connect with our Scientist in Schools partner, Melissa Toifl, from CSIRO Land and Water Technologies, in Highett and Clayton.
  30. 38. <ul><li>Connecting with experts in the field increases motivation and engagement by allowing students to ask questions and actively participate in presentations. </li></ul>
  31. 39. Student success increased by... <ul><li>Real choices (subject choices, ways of learning and ways of demonstrating understanding & application of concepts) </li></ul><ul><li>Students can work at their own pace </li></ul><ul><li>Trust that students are willing to learn </li></ul><ul><li>Access to tools and support </li></ul><ul><li>Making expectations clear </li></ul>
  32. 40. A Learning Revolution? <ul><li>&quot; Blended learning has the potential to revolutionize K–12 education in terms of quality and cost, as it allows for a fundamental redesign of the educational model around the following:&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;A more consistent and personalized pedagogy that allows each student to work at her own pace and helps each child feel and be successful at school.&quot; </li></ul>
  33. 41. <ul><li>&quot;Productive new school models that require fewer, more specialized teachers and use space more efficiently.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;....... Teachers shifting to blended-learning models are finding that they have more time to focus on high-value activities like critical thinking, writing, and project based learning as they spend less time on low-value, manual tasks.....(while still).................creating a strong, </li></ul><ul><li>supportive culture that promotes rigor and high expectations for all students, as well as providing healthy, supportive relationships and mentorship.&quot; </li></ul>
  34. 42. References <ul><li> </li></ul>