Blended learning activities

Before creating learning activities it is essential that your assessments are 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 using problem based learning
  • Example 4: Developing communication skills and creativity
  • Example 5:
  • Example 6:

Example 1: Community building, orientation and online familiarisation (Week 1 activities)

Examples in practice:

Explore the following case studies to see how others have used similar activities.

Technology support resources:

Example 2: Supporting large groups

Examples in practice:

Explore the following case studies to see how others have used similar activities.

Technology support resources:

ACU supported polling tools:

External polling and surveying tools:

Readings

Example 3: Developing critical thinking and problem solving skills

In the 21st century problem solving skills are highly valued. Designing activities that will develop these skills can be achieved by using Problem-based learning (PBL); Enquiry-based learning (EBL) and Project–based learning (PBL) approaches, to name a few.

Examples in practice:

Explore the following case studies to see how others have used similar activities.

Technology support resources:

Readings

Example 4: Developing communication skills and creativity

Examples in practice:

Explore the following case studies to see how others have used similar activities.

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Technology support resources:

ACU supported tools for collaborative sharing:

External tools for sharing:

Flickr, WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr

Readings

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Examples in practice:

Explore the following case studies to see how others have used similar activities.

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Technology support resources:

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Readings

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Example 6: xxxxxx

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Examples in practice:

Explore the following case studies to see how others have used similar activities.

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Technology support resources:

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Readings

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Structuring activities using a template

It is helpful if your activity instructions follow a consistent structure, see the Activity template page for an example format.

Further resources


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.