Not about add-on technology, but fundamental rethinking of approaches to learning – we’re really just adding tools on top of courses that are deficient and ending up with 1.5 courses, rather than a good course…
Late 1990s was where the idea of campus-based online learning came from.
Stuggled a bit with the denseness of this presentation – wasn’t just about the text size, found the debate a bit hard to follow..
7 Principles of Blended Learning
- Design for open communication & trust
- Design for critical reflection & discourse
- Create & sustain a sense of community
- Support purposeful inquiry
- Ensure studetns sustain collaboration
- Ensure that inquiry moves to resolution
- Ensure assessment is congruent with intended learning outcomes
Case Study: Mount Royal University, Alberta (Norm Vaughan)
Really focused on the first year courses – sets the tone for the rest of their time throughout the course. Undertook online surveys (annual surveys staff & students – their use), student focus group lunches, use of Blackboard, etc…
Those students who had the highest interactive/engagement in collaborative work – had higher marks (may have has a higher start mark, but still..)
Best Teaching Presence
- Provide frequent opportunities for both public and private interactions with students.
- Provide students with timely and supportive feedback.
- Restraing from being overly ‘present’ in online discussions, rather facilitate student interaction
- Apply collaborative learning principles to support small group discussion and collaborative projects.
- Design diverse, graded activities to be completed every week.
- Students have experienced a role adjustment as they move from offline to online – the instructor is explicitly away that they understand that they need to think differently and to expect some confusion, etc.
- Students start to think about the extra responsibility they take on. Really have to provide a lot of scaffolding & a sense of trust.
- Don’t dismiss any ‘weak blends’ if they are spaces in which they are providing an appropriate service – and can be developed…
Talking about ‘The Nudge Factor’
Digiexplorer (not guru), Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing @ Manchester Metropolitan University. Interested in digital literacy and digital culture in the third sector (especially faith). Author of ‘Raising Children in a Digital Age’, regularly checks hashtag #DigitalParenting.