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Challengesof blended learning


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Revisiting the blended learning review 5 years on. What have been the challenges of implementing the success factors?

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Challengesof blended learning

  1. 1. Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development<br />The challengesof blended learning<br />Dr. Rhona Sharpe<br />Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development<br />Robert Gordon University, 3 May 2011<br />
  2. 2. Contributions & credits<br />Synthesis of learner experience projects 2006-9 <br />Helen Beetham<br />Greg Benfield<br />Ellen Lessner<br />Eta de Cicco<br />Review of blended<br />e-learning 2006, with<br />Greg Benfield<br />Richard Francis<br />George Roberts<br />Institutional support for learners of a digital age<br />2010, with<br />Greg Benfield<br />ShalniGulati<br />Judy Hardy<br />Books with Helen Beetham and Sara de Freitas<br />
  3. 3. Learner Experiences of e-learning <br />Support of 9 funded projects from 2004 – 2009 to develop research methods…<br />… which involved 186 learners in some form of sustained engagement over an extended period, such as interviews, audio or video diaries, or production of case studies. <br />Synthesis and dissemination of their findings.<br /><br />
  4. 4. Supporting Learners in a Digital Age (SLiDA) project<br />Selection of 9 institutional case studies <br />Representing strategic, policy and practical developments to support learners<br />Data collected over six months (March – Oct 2010) through multiple interactions and document sharing<br />Ongoing conversations with consultant resulting in co-creation of case study<br /><br />
  5. 5. Success factors for blended e-learning<br />What has been most challenging about implementing these success factors? <br />
  6. 6. Success factors for blended e-learning<br />Use the term blended learning<br />Work with and within your context<br />Use blended learning as a driver for transformative course redesign<br />Help students develop their conceptions of the learning process. <br />Disseminate and communicate results of evaluations. <br />Sharpe, R., Benfield, G., Roberts, G. & Francis, R. (2006) The undergraduate experience of blended e-learning: a review of UK literature and practice undertaken for the HEA<br />
  7. 7. 1. Use the term blended learning<br />
  8. 8. A blended learning continuum(University of Glamorgan)<br /> Jones, N. & Lau, A. (2010) Blending learning: widening participation in higher education, Innovations in Education & Training International, 47 (4), 405 - 416<br />
  9. 9. Blended Learning is an approach to learning and teaching which combines and aligns learning undertaken in face-to-face sessions with learning opportunities created online. (University of Wolverhampton, 2011)<br />blended learning: combining virtual learning, both synchronous and asynchronous, with face-to-face learning approaches (London Metropolitan University, 2010)<br />Blended learning definitions<br />
  10. 10. 1. Use the term ‘blended learning’<br />
  11. 11. E-learning Strategies<br />2002 – 2005 e-learning defined byprovision: a baseline presence for each course on the managed learning environment.<br />2005 – 2008 e–learning defined bylearning: theapplication of technology to ‘the provision of flexible, active, collaborative and professionally authentic learning’.<br />2010 - 2015e-learning defined by literacy: ‘digital and information literacy’ as one of five key graduate attributes. <br />
  12. 12. 2. Work within and in your context<br />
  13. 13. How are institutions implementing their strategies for developing learners for a digital age?<br />
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  15. 15. 3. Blended learning as a driver for transformative course redesign<br />
  16. 16. Course Design Intensives<br />Team based<br />Auditing<br />Using feedback<br />Learning Design<br />Iterative<br />Dempster, J, Benfield, G and Francis, R (in press) A staff development model for fostering sharing and innovation in curriculum design. Innovations in Education and Teaching International,<br />
  17. 17. Course redesign process<br />
  18. 18. Learning design tools<br />
  19. 19. Student e-champions<br />Blended e-learning enacted through: <br />Harnessing freely available technologies including those students already use<br />Employed student e-champions, working in partnership with academics. <br />Students produced extra content for modules, formative assessment opportunities, others recorded and shared sessions. <br />Brett, P. & Cousin, B. (2011) Students as partners in blended learning. Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education, 3<br />
  20. 20. 4. Help students develop their conceptions of the learning process <br />
  21. 21. Creative appropriation<br />“One of the group members was not able to make it today so what we did we were connected by using MSN Messenger so we were discussing notes. We were feeding back to the other person(STROLL)<br />‘Had a phone tutorial with my supervisor referring to a support document he emailed to me – I digitally recorded the tutorial and saved it as a digital file on my laptop. This has then been playing while I make the adjustments to the document’ (BLUPS)<br />Sharpe, R. & Beetham, H. (2010) Understanding students’ uses of technology for learning: towards creative appropriation, inRethinking learning for the digital age<br />
  22. 22. Supporting functional access<br />
  23. 23. Supporting situated practices<br />A lot of students didn’t realise they had an audio recorder in their phone… [now] they actually make their own notes, upload them and create podcasts as a class. (CH, Staff interview)<br />
  24. 24. Learner-blended learning<br />What can you imagine learners doing, which demonstrates that they are taking full advantage of the blended learning on offer?<br />Text to 07786 204949, starting your text with the word lex<br />
  25. 25. 5. Disseminate and communicate results of evaluations. <br />
  26. 26. Landscape study for e-learning research observatory <br />Beetham, Sharpe & Benfield (2008). Landscape study for the e-learning research observatory. <br /><br />
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  28. 28. EXAmple : ELESIG<br />
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  31. 31. Success factors for blended learning – what are the challenges five years on?<br />Discuss terminology and be prepared to continue to revisit and revise them. <br />Work out what blended learning (and digital literacy?) looks like within your context.<br />Contextualise blended learning through supporting course redesign.<br />Taking responsibility for learners’ development<br />Engage in networks and communities<br />