Before creating learning activities it is essential that your assessments are well-designed and they align to your unit’s learning outcomes. Learning activities must also align with unit learning outcomes and support students in their preparation for assessments.
Blended learning allows us to draw on a broader range of activity types than traditional formats alone.
Planning blended learning activities
Activities should be designed to seamlessly integrate across face-to-face and online learning environments.
Explore the following example activity sequences:
Example 1: Community building, orientation and online familiarisation.
Example 2: Supporting large groups
Example 3: Developing critical thinking and problem solving skills
Example 4: Reflecting on an authentic learning experience to develop communication skills
Example 1: Community building, orientation and online familiarisation (Week 1 activities)
Building a sense of community is an important aspect of creating a good learning environment. Orienting students to the structure and expectations of a unit, and familiarising them with necessary tools is an essential aspect.
Examples in practice:
Explore the following case studies to see how others have used similar activities.
It is helpful if your activity instructions follow a consistent structure, see the Activity template page for an example format.
Considerations for choosing technology
The following 5 minute COFA (University of NSW) video discusses the importance of considering pedagogy first before technology.
Considerations for choosing technology for teaching (COFAonlineUNSW 2011).
Blended learning encourages the use of active learning approaches, many of these lend themselves to creating meaningful activities. Here is a selection of sites, with a collection of activity suggestions.