Join us at the Blended Learning Consortium Conference on July 4th
The concept of blended learning is fairly well established in education but the way it’s implemented can vary widely from one institution to another. This is not to say that is a bad thing. On the contrary, one of blended learning’s key benefits is that it is flexible – each institution and educator can take the right approach for them, the course and their students.
As with all transitions, successfully migrating from a purely face-to-face teaching approach to a blended learning one can take time, and it can be helpful to learn from the experience of others. For this reason, we’re looking forward to the upcoming Blended Learning Consortium’s conference in Bromsgrove (UK) on 4 July.
The theme of the conference is Independence Learning Day: Promoting and sharing best practice in independent, blended and digital learning. It’s an ideal opportunity for leaders, tutors and administrators in education to discuss how they blend technology-based learning with face-to-face tutoring to deliver an optimal learning experience for their students and educators.
The best of both worlds
D2L supports the benefit of blending the online learning provided by a virtual learning environment (VLE) with the unique benefits of tutor-student face time. This approach can enable teachers to make use of innovative learning resources, such as video and online discussion forums, as complementary teaching tools to engage students.
Even before engagement can happen, learning has to reach each student, and this isn’t always as easy as it sounds as each person learns in their own way. What engages one, might not necessarily engage another. Technology-based learning, supporting a range of media, provides the opportunity to adapt learning content according to student progress and learning style.
It also gives students a high level of control over their own learning. They can take advantage of the flexibility of learning online and on-mobile to progress their studies at times and in places that work best for them.
For tutors, the blended learning model enables class time to be devoted to those activities best undertaken face-to-face. This could include checking student understanding, observing students presenting their work, and exercises designed to apply knowledge and skills gained from studying subject areas out of class.
A supportive learning approach
A blended learning approach combines the advantages of face-to-face with online learning which includes having access to insightful data analytics that can help identify struggling students and enable supportive action to be taken.
Integrating technology into the learning experience can help students achieve their learning outcomes. Technology is familiar to and valued by students of all ages who use it so much in their everyday lives. A blended learning approach can help optimise how technology is integrated – it doesn’t replace face-to-face teaching, far from it, it enables each method to play to its strengths, supplementing valuable teacher-student time with online learning resources which can make the best use of a range of formats.
We are looking forward to hearing how educational institutions have used blended learning to help them best meet learning needs, optimise the time that teachers have with students in the classroom, create enjoyable and successful learning experiences and – ultimately – deliver desired learning outcomes. At the event, our very own Katherine Millward and Riley Cerven will present on How Modern VLE Technology Can Support Better Student Mental Health Outcomes in Colleges.
Take advantage of this time to book a short demo with us to see, live, the benefits of using D2L’s VLE, Brightspace, to help optimise learning, increase engagement and registrations and boost your team’s productivity.