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Refining the blend: LIS educator perspectives on blended learning for dual mode cohorts

  1. 1. Refining the blend: LIS educator perspectives on blended learning for dual mode cohorts Zaana Howard | Kate Davis | Helen Partridge | Christine Yates Queensland University of Technology
  2. 2. QUT’s focus on blended learning is in maximising student engagement with curriculum 617a  –  Party  Lights  –  Texture  by  Patrick  Hoesly  h:p://www.flickr.com/photos/zooboing/4425770337/  
  3. 3. Blended learning face to face /physical virtual /online
  4. 4. Flexible learning provides students’ choice in how, when and where they engage with learning materials
  5. 5. Dual modality: courses for campus based as well as online students
  6. 6. Blended learning literature is deficient in curriculum design across whole courses and where it involves dual mode cohorts.
  7. 7. Methodology literature review semi structured interviews content analysis
  8. 8. Findings
  9. 9. Blended learning is a ‘multi layered’ approach that integrates face-to-face and online learning experiences that are interactive and engaging, requiring high student participation.
  10. 10. Students are reluctant to engage in blended learning efforts
  11. 11. Challenges
  12. 12. 1 Delivering quality learning experiences to a dual mode cohort
  13. 13. ‘my job is to make certain that they have a quality experience, it doesn’t mean it has to be exactly the same experience’ (LIS2)
  14. 14. 2 Access to appropriate technology, support and resourcing
  15. 15. 3 Insufficient time for learning design, unit preparation and delivery
  16. 16. 4 Teachers on demand 24/7
  17. 17. Benefits & opportunities
  18. 18. 1 Increased visibility of student learning and feedback
  19. 19. 2 Opportunity to reach a broader and larger student audience
  20. 20. 3 Flexibility in learning delivery for both teachers and students
  21. 21. What matters here? 1.  challenges > benefits 2.  issues are exaggerated with a dual mode cohort 3.  blended delivery vs blended experience 4.  student demand for blended learning
  22. 22. Dual mode provision + extreme flexibility + blended learning = complex environment to manage
  23. 23. thank you. questions? @QUTISG http://www.facebook.com/QUTISG

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