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Blended learning

What is blended learning?

Jisc locate blended learning in the mix of possible learning modes:

e-Learning can be defined as 'learning facilitated and supported through the use of information and communications technology'. It can cover a spectrum of activities from the use of technology to support learning as part of a ‘blended’ approach (a combination of traditional and e-learning approaches), to learning that is delivered entirely online. Whatever the technology, however, learning is the vital element.

Jisc e-learning definition from http://www.jisc.ac.uk/elearning

How does it work?

Success factors for blended learning have been well researched in a Higher Education Academy Review (Sharp et al 2006) and followed up in a number of subsequent publications including the ‘Rethinking pedagogy in a digital age’ (Beetham et al 2007), as well as subsequent presentations.

Key success factors

  • Use the term blended learning
  • Work with and within your own context
  • Use blended learning as a driver for transformative course design - University of Glamorgan have a great model (Jones & Lau 2010)
  • Help students develop their conceptions of the learning process (see JISC digital student work)
  • Disseminate and communicate results of evaluations; network.

Pedagogic perspective

Blended learning has some key advantages, in that it offers tutors the opportunity to engage students in a variety of ways, thus enhancing the learning of all. 

What is the value?

The Australian Blended Learning Conference in 2015 highlighted some key themes and showcased exemplary practice:

  • Up-skilling and transforming teacher mindset to allow technology to enhance rather than replace their practice
  • Improving communication between academics and educational developers to better understand and utilise existing resources and technology to its full potential
  • Discovering the right balance of blended learning to improve student engagement and reduce cost
  • The effectiveness of flipped classrooms, learning analytics, e-learning and mobile learning in increasing student engagement.

What are the challenges?

Staff: Teaching a hybrid course can be challenging, since it requires acquiring different teaching skills, redesigning a course to take into account new teaching and learning opportunities, managing the course content both online and in-class, and preparing students to work in a hybrid format.

Students: Negative feelings towards technology-assisted learning in the form of online classes, or partially online classes, tend to be generated by poorly designed courses. It takes a great deal of thought and careful planning to deliver a quality learning experience regardless of the mode of delivery.

See the Learning Technology Center, Hybrid Courses, UW-Milwaukee Learning Technology Center website for further information.

We need to share the responsibility of helping our learners learn in all of the different possible formats/contexts.  

Bournemouth University Centre for Fusion Learning, Innovation and Excellence 2016

Further Information:

  • Beetham Н, S., 2007. R. Rethinking Pedagogy for а Digital Age.
  • Jisc Curriculum development 
  • Jones, N. & Lau, A. (2010) Blended Learning: widening participation in higher education, Innovations in Educational & Training International, 47(4),405-416
  • Sharpe, R et al (2006) The undergraduate experience of blended e-learning: a review of UK literature and practice. Higher Education Academy: York
  • Skild Rickard (2015) 

Find out more about some of the tools that support blended learning

Camtasia

Camtasia

Camtasia is a screen capture tool with a rich toolset for creating interactive presentations and walkthroughs.

iSpring

iSpring

iSpring is a suite of software which enables you to develop e-Learning content from Powerpoint presentations.

Panopto

Panopto

An easy to use video recording, webcasting, and content management system with inside-video search capability.

Prezi logo

Prezi

Prezi is a cloud-based presentation tool that enables you to create a single canvas of text and mulitmedia online.

Mahara_Academics

Mahara e-portfolio

Students can use e-portfolio to collate journals, media & social resources, which can be shared with tutors, peers and future employers.
TurningPoint

TurningPoint

An audience response system which enables your audience to participate in lectures by submitting responses to questions using a small handset.

Blended Learning

Blended learning module

BU have invested in a learning and teaching resource that encourages and supports tutors developing and delivering discipline based pedagogies using technology.

Further tool ideas

Twitter

Twitter

Find out more about Twitter and how it can be used to support and enhance learning.

Pinterest logo

Pinterest

Pinterest is a freely available online tool for pinning visual items or bookmarks to “boards” which can be shared or kept private. 

Skype logo

Skype

Skype is an instant communication and messaging tool, suitable for both personal and educational use.