Teaching and Development
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This course will serve as an introduction to blended learning. The assumption on which this course is founded is that the audience is going to be teaching primarily on campus and with opportunities to bring in technologies to provide more flexible learning experiences. This course would be of interest to those looking to introduce a blended approach to their teaching, and those interested in the theory and research behind blended learning.
This course will contain a series of blended learning case studies from a range of sources. The case studies will be presented using a variety of different activity types, including video interviews with participants in the case studies. Course participants will be encouraged to consider different aspects of these case studies as they relate to their own plans and teaching practice. Where appropriate, each case study will include a task for the course user to build into their development portfolio. This course is recommended for all participants using the Blended Learning programme, as the case studies will be of interest and use to both beginners and those with more experience in delivering blended approaches.
This course notes that designing with blended learning in mind requires the same understanding and skills that are applied to all course design. A key difference is that consideration must also be given to how the activities, delivery methods, technologies, learning spaces and assessments are integrated. This course will help faculty take first steps in integrating blended learning into their teaching practice, offer some tips and strategies for best practice and provide a special focus on one of the first steps that many academics take when developing their own blended curriculum – experimenting with video. This course would be useful for those just starting to develop a blended approach and those with a particular interest in using video as a means of transforming their teaching.
The purpose of this course is to build on the 'first steps' that may have been taken by considering redesigning for blended learning on a whole course- or programme-wide basis. The course will look at the design fundamentals for blended learning, particularly at making a plan and engaging with a team to finalise a good approach. This course is designed to focus on practical application to help the participant develop a good understanding of the key elements of a long-term plan for integrating blended learning strategies into their course or programme. This course is of use to those who have already taken first steps to introduce blended learning in their teaching practice, and now wish to develop a blended approach across a whole course.
The purpose of this course is to help the participant to think about how to redesign their assessment approach as part of their blended learning teaching practice. This course will assume that the participant already has a broad understanding of 'traditional' forms of assessment, constructive alignment and rubric development. It will explore new opportunities for assessment through blended learning, such as authentic assessment using multimodal assignments or digital artefacts, assessment tasks that have a digital literacy component and collaborative activities supported by online tools. This course would be of use both to those who are new to blended learning and are interested in its effects on assessment, and to those who have experience of blended learning and wish to apply a blended approach to their assessment strategies.
This course will provide some frameworks by which you can evaluate your course, highlight the tools that are available to carry this out, and give a general overview of learning analytics and what to do with the data you collect. This course is aimed at those who wish to assess the effectiveness of their blended approach with a view to making necessary improvements.
This course is designed to help practitioners explore how to build a culture where blended learning is sustained and embedded within an institution. Participants will explore the issues related to this and also understand how to identify opportunities to initiate the change to a blended approach. This course is suitable for those who have been delivering a blended approach for some time and need to ensure that it is sustained across a department or institution over the long term.