NTLT 2013 - Jane Dillon - Collaborative Inquiry in Blended Learning

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NTLT 2013 - Jane Dillon - Collaborative Inquiry in Blended Learning

  1. 1. Collaborative Inquiry in Blended Learning NTLTC 2013 Jane Dillon
  2. 2. Collaborative Inquiry Two or more students working together to resolve an issue & develop understanding of critical aspects of coursework
  3. 3. Blended Learning is a carefully considered mix of online, technology supported and classroom learning activities and assessment tasks with compulsory components in each mode David Sturrock, Flexible Learning Team Leader, NMIT http://ecampus.nmit.ac.nz/moodle
  4. 4. What drives my inquiry ? NMIT’s entrepreneurial focus Graduate attributes Learning & teaching approaches Blended & fully online course developments
  5. 5. NMIT’s entrepreneurial learning focus We endorse a new learning paradigm aimed at developing the working capabilities of individuals and organisations, based on the concept of ‘entrepreneurial learning’ – breaking down the divisions between education, practice and work within ‘real world’ learning experiences NMIT Investment Plan 2013 - 2015
  6. 6. Graduate attributes Skilful communicators ideas & information Creative thinkers & problem solvers Information & digitally literate / numerate Work effectively with others, valuing diversity Accepting responsibility NMIT Investment Plan 2013-2015
  7. 7. Learning & teaching approaches Active learning Self – directed learners Problem based projects
  8. 8. Blended & fully online course developments NZ Diploma in Business fully online S2, 2013 NMIT Online higher levels student use & interactivity Collaborative programme offerings Access & sustainability issues
  9. 9. Inquiry – based Learning : Conceptions and Approaches Exploring and Acquiring Existing Disciplinary Knowledge Pursing ( information – active) what is the existing answer to my question? Identifying ( information – responsive) what is the existing answer to this question ? Student - Led Staff - Led Authoring ( discovery – active ) how can I answer my question ? Producing ( discovery – responsive ) how can I answer this question ? Participating in Building Disciplinary Knowledge Centre for Inquiry-based Learning in the Arts and Social Sciences (CILASS) http://www.shef.ac.uk/ibl/cilass
  10. 10. Salmon’s model of teaching & learning online http://www.gillysalmon.com/five-stage-model.html
  11. 11. 3 Collaborative Inquiry Case Studies Activity What happened ? Lessons learnt
  12. 12. Case Study 1 Teacher education assessment course – blended Activity Write brief for new staff member @ virtual college NZQA audit pending
  13. 13. What happened ? Functioning teams of 5 or 6 students Team work contribution identified for assessment Students engaged
  14. 14. Lessons learnt Clear guidance essential to engagement Options encourage independent learning – team roles suggested Collaborative activity better later in course Assessment connection motivates 
  15. 15. Case Study 2 Collaborative online facilitation course – fully online Activity Self nominated & selected teams chose - discussion topic, goal, facilitator & approach
  16. 16. What happened ?
  17. 17. Lessons Learnt Highly motivated team helps Strong peer mentor - team asset !
  18. 18. Case Study 3 NZD541 Fundamentals of Marketing – fully online Activity Business case study & analysis of market research opportunities Warm up exercise before assignment
  19. 19. What happened ? 6 of 27 students engaged 1 student identified ‘elephant in room’ Participating students received A or A+ for subsequent assignment
  20. 20. Lessons Learnt Less constrained discussion online Collaborative activity can enhance understanding Scaffolding important – three tutorial forums preceded activity
  21. 21. Useful Links Ako Aotearoa http://akoaotearoa.ac.nz/project/inquiry-based- learning/resources/pages/general-inquiry-based-learning-websites ATC21S Project Assessment & Teaching of 21st Century Skills HQ Melbourne University sponsors Cisco; Intel; Microsoft; http://atc21s.org/index.php/about/what-are-21st-century-skills/ University of Sheffield http://www.shef.ac.uk/ibl/cilass
  22. 22. Future activity Further explore what makes collaborative inquiry successful Co - design courses to develop effective collaborative inquiry activities (on going) Develop an online tutor guide to collaborative inquiry approaches (2014)
  23. 23. Contact details jane.dillon@nmit.ac.nz http://janedillonblog.wordpress.com/

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