Blended learning allows teachers to choose the best of online and face to face strategies. Our everyday lives have become increasingly mediated by technology, this presents an exciting opportunity for educators. As a result the use of blended learning in higher education has increased dramatically over the last decade (NMC 2016).
Whilst blended learning presents exciting opportunities, communication can have its challenges as fewer face-to-face opportunities exist. We must also recognise that communicating digitally can have limitations in facilitating interpersonal communication. As such, academics may need to more deliberate and strategic in their communication with students.
Blended learning promotes:
- Accessibility and flexibility for learners ‘anywhere, anytime learning’
- Digital literacy, an essential skill in the 21st century
- Student-focused approaches that increase depth of learning and engagement
- Best use of face-to-face opportunities
- ACU competitiveness in the higher education sector
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Definition of blended learning at ACU, ACU study modes, and the expected elements in LEO.
Interviews with ACU academic staff discussing their approaches to blended learning.
Advice about whole unit design. How to choose the right blend for your unit.
A selection of blended learning approaches commonly used at ACU.
Suggested technology commonly used in assessments, and how to select the appropriate tools.
Example activities in blended learning with suggested technology.
Advice about different resources for delivering content, videos, podcasts, content packages.
Creating social presence, community and dialogue within your blended unit.