Blended Learning

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Blended learning describes the combining of face-to-face learning activities with online or computer-based learning activities. In blended learning (or e-learning) computer technology becomes another useful tool for enabling students to learn effectively. This page will set out some of the issues related to utilising blended learning in the delivery of secondary level GCE AS & A Level qualifications.
"Blended learning is the integration of classroom learning with elearning. For example, an instructor might use the classroom to present critical concepts, and then use an online discussion forum to encourage student dialogue around the concept. Or, an online course might meet in a classroom or a lab to practice skills." (Siemens, 2005) from eLearnspace

There is a relatively new term of Blended Online Learning that deals with blending some of the different modes of online learning mentioned below, especially blending synchronous with asynchronous modes.


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Objectives

  1. To identify ways of blending face-to-face learning with e-learning tools.
  2. To provide links to find tools in order to facilitate blended learning.
  3. To provide examples where blended learning has been successful.
  4. To consider the implications of using blended learning in the classroom.

Using generic software

Programs

MS Office or Google Docs

Potential Uses

  1. Wordprocessing software
    1. interactive exercises using pull downs or drag and drop
    2. organising and ordering text based information (e.g. putting information into an appropriate sequence)
    3. cloze exercises (e.g. fill in the missing words)
    4. simple mind mapping using drawing tools
    5. hyperlinked worksheets (e.g. to record answers to a web quest activity)
  2. Spreadsheet software
    1. graphical demonstration of 'what-if' analysis (e.g. if price increases, what happens to revenue)
  3. Presentation software
    1. deliver text, graphics, video, sound based information (e.g. in a sequence of slides)

Examples

Web Quest - Quest Garden

Drag and drop - Excellence Gateway

Issues for ‘blending’

Using a LMS

Description

Often referred to as a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), a Learning Management System (LMS) is computer software that enables a school/college to manage learning objects, courses and students. A LMS can provide administrative tracking of participation as well as editing/authoring tools for teachers.

Wikipedia Description

Examples

Issues for ‘blending’

Using e-learning objects

Definition

Visit this site about Learning Objects

Examples

Flash objects, interactive web pages, bespoke programs.

Cloze exercise - Ferl

Business/Economic Virtual Worlds - Bized

Issues for ‘blending’

Using Web 2.0 tools

Examples

See Networked Learning wiki for more information.

Issues for ‘blending’

  1. Skill level and experience of learners will need to be considered when planning first use of these tools. There are many tutorials available online to help such as You Tube or WikiEducator
  2. Communicating effectively online is an issue and some thought will need to be given some rules/guidelines for writing in this medium. Try Albion's excellent netiquette resource page for more information.
  3. It's important to discuss issues of confidentiality and privacy with students before they become part of online learning communities. See Albion's Rule 8! or Get Safe Online.
  4. Expectations for student and facilitator will need to be explored early on in the process but set ground rules for how students should work with each other. See Electronic Collaboration for ideas.

Using other technology

Examples

Podcasts, Mobile Learning or mLearning, virtual worlds and RSS.

Web links to popular sites:

Issues for ‘blending’


External links

References

Research

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