Published on February 17, 2014
DIY BLENDED LEARNING BRIAN LAMB & FRASER NELSON FEBRUARY 17, 2014 TEACHER’S PRACTISE COLLOQUIUM THOMPSON RIVERS UNIVERSITY
GROUP DISCUSSION* 1. If you are using a course website, what are some of the challenges or frustrations you encountered? 2. Would you be interested in integrating a blended model into your courses? *Please form into groups of 2-3 and discuss each question for a few minutes
BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO THE MODEL
DIY BLENDED MODEL: CONTEXT Satellite Campus -> TRU Lillooet Compressed Course 3 credits in 6 days 36 hours of teaching Held over 3 non-consecutive weekends 22 Students of various ages and with mixed backgrounds 73% High-school aged students (15-18) 27% Mature Students
BLENDED LEARNING: INTENT Extend the connection Have the course website be very user friendly Make the course website as simple and intuitive as possible for the student to use and easy to maintain and update Enhance engagement with the course concepts Continue shaping the learning outside of the classroom Facilitate discussion regarding learning objectives and have a way to observe the progression of learning of the students outside of traditional evaluative methods Give students agency to share their learning Include a section dedicated to collating student-found/posted contributions and popular media
BLENDED MODEL: IN PRACTICE Successes Ease of upkeep for instructor Ease of access for students Informal two-way communication between students and instructor Areas for Development Generating engaged discussion (too much distance? Too little time?) Online office hours (students still preferred email) Future plans and considerations Interactive assignments e-Essays / Individual Presentations
GROUP DISCUSSION* 1. How could this model be useful for increasing student engagement in your course? *Please form into groups of 2-3 and discuss each question for a few minutes
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