Blended learning

Blended learning refers to learning and teaching that combines both face-to-face and online methods.

As with traditional learning and teaching, blended learning activities can be pitched at various levels of thinking, such as:

Blended and traditional learning

Why

Given the pervasiveness of technology in business and in our students lives, by blending traditional learning and teaching with learning technologies, we are encouraging students to be both confident and competent with all media and methods of communication. Look through advertisements for jobs in business how many do not include some form of technical aptitude Multiple University graduate attributes support a blended approach to learning and teaching, such as research and inquiry, communication and information literacy.

Face-to-face learning can actively engage students with the material via higher learning activities, such as problem solving and real work contexts. Technologies can also be used to engage participation and stimulate learner participation via interactivity, such as discussion boards and simulations.

Examples

  • Supplement face-to-face learning and teaching by creating and moderating online activities in Blackboard
  • Manage your class by organising class lists, tracking students access to materials and managing assignment submissions in Blackboard
  • Disseminate information such as handouts, notes, recorded lectures or presentations using Blackboard
  • Give students flexibility to access and engage with materials when, where and how it suits them, such as by creating podcasts or making materials available on Blackboard
  • Engage students by designing blended activities, such as using an in-class electronic response system (keypads) or using a coordinated system of quizzes and immediate feedback with in-class groups

Resources

  • Contact Business eLearning for support with educationally designing your program/major/unit using a blended approach
  • Graduate attributes
  • Keypads  for interactive Powerpoint presentations and managing in-class responses electronically