When thinking about blended learning I automatically think of Webquest style learning where the student can work at their own pace within an individualised task. This is in line with the definition by the Australian National Training Authority (ANTA) ‘the integrated combination of traditional learning with web-based online approaches’. So essentially it is in-class face to face learning, supplemented by online, independent, individualised learning for students to learn and explore at their own pace. Being an introvert myself and someone who loves to plan, I obviously love the idea that I can pre-plan a task and have all the links, images, steps, videos and instructions set to go, but this does not mean leaving students on their own. This still must be incorporated with real face to face guidance and teaching.
Through my investigations into blended learning I have found these few things were a constant to be aware of or include:
- Using online collaboration spaces, much like the purpose of why and how we are using our blogs for EDC3100.
- To allow collaboration, and receive feedback from others.
- Recording information from a project or assignment.
- Creating learning communities: sharing resources, contributing ideas to one another.
- Learning journals: supporting learning, developing thoughts and reflecting on your growth throughout the journey.
- Providing timely feedback: because there’s less face to face contact and immediate feedback from conversations, feedback needs to be built in constantly throughout the unit.
- When tasks are asynchronous structure is lost. For this reason clear structures must be introduced in the form of due dates, clear task criteria and expectations for the unit.
With this in mind I am considering having a practice at filming a screen capture video of me testing out some of the following apps in the Redefinition row (from the SAMR model). This would give me some practice on providing this information to students within a blended learning unit but also gives everyone else an opportunity to see some different technology. I have no idea how this would work but wish me luck and I’ll hopefully (maybe) have some videos up next week.
Australian National Training Authority (2003) Blended Learning: learning new skills in blending. Sydney: Australian National Training Authority.
Resource developed and designed by Gina Saliba, Lynnae Rankine and Hermy Cortez. Blended Learning Team, Learning and Teaching Unit UWS firstname.lastname@example.org