Overview of the course (as stated on the web page)
This course is designed to help anyone teaching or supporting learning in the vocational education and training sector understand the benefits of blended learning and how to use technology effectively to support learners. Supported by a group of Digital Champions, you will connect with teaching and training professionals who understand the practical challenges of using blended learning. You will be aware of the importance of being able to blend digital methods into your teaching. These methods will help your learners become familiar with the digital workplaces they will be joining.
Through this course you will:
Through this course you will:
- Definitions of blended learning.
- The impact of digital technology on teachers and learners.
- Pedagogical theories and teaching approaches that underpin blended learning, including constructivism, social constructivism, and problem-based learning.
- Digital technologies available to support blended learning in formal and informal learning scenarios.
- The role of Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) and how to use them effectively for blended learning.
- The role of open tools in blended learning.
- Open educational resources (OERs): what they are, how they can be used, and where to find them.
- Processes for blended learning design, including curriculum and instructional design. The role of the DADDIE model in planning and evaluating blended learning. Story-telling and story-boarding techniques for developing digital learning.
- The role of assessment in the curriculum design process. Different approaches for using technology to support assessment and feedback.
- The benefits and challenges of ‘flipped’ learning. Approaches to designing a flipped lesson.
- Collaboration in blended learning, including the use of discussion forums, synchronous collaboration, and social media.
- How to design and review a blended learning activity.
- The digital skills learners need to equip them for the modern workplace, and how learners can be supported in developing these skills.
- The importance of inclusive teaching practices. The value of making education and training more accessible for learners.
- The demand for flexible learning, and the role of digital technology in making teaching and learning more flexible.
I don't really know what I expect. Maybe just affirmation of my own way of blending technology in teaching or just that I don't know anything. Either way, I really need to know if my approach is doing what it's supposed to do - help my students learn in a more fun and exciting way.
Three weeks in and I really like what I see, read and hear. This course is the showing me that I'm on the right track. I've used most of the suggested tools and then some. I feel like I'm one of the most involved ones. Putting aside the resources, it's confirming that it's not me that's wrong for using technology in my teaching, it's the others in my school that don't. Weather we like it or not, this is technologically advanced time we live in and we should act accordingly or we risk being run over by it.
I'm not going to let that happen to me!