Week 2: Reflections on designing a blended learning approach

Hi there blendkit2014 readers

In week 2 we have explored the design of a blended learning approach.

I found this really neat little video that compared strawberries and ice-cream to blended learning, an interesting analogy to say the least.

This week’s reading encouraged us to consider a quote from Dziuban, C.D., Hartman, J.L., and Mehaffy, G.L. (2014) “link the best technological solutions for teaching and learning with the best human resources“. This is so true.  No matter how you define blended learning, no matter what the context our goal is to have the best teaching strategies in place to support learners and to provide an environment that supports and facilitates learning.

The role of the educator in a blended environment was also explored.

Atelier Learning (this was very new to me).  Checkout http://www.johnseelybrown.com/CJKoh.pdf  if you want to know more. In model learners learn in full view of other similar to that of an art studio.  The master of learning can then observe practice, inform and guide.  The use of blogs is said to be very suitable to this type of learning.

Network Administrator where students are placed at the centre of a personal learning network. Checkout Fisher, C. (n.d.). Teacher as Network Administrator. Retrieved from http://www.evenfromhere.org/?p=374 to find out more.

Concierge learning where the educator directs learners to resources and learning opportunities. More information on Concierge learning can be found at Bonk, C. (2007). USA Today Leads to Tomorrow: Teachers as online concierges and can Facebook pioneer save face? Retrieved from http://travelinedman.blogspot.com/2007/10/usa-today-leads-to-tomorrow-teachers-as.html.

Curational learning under the guidance of a curational map.Siemens, G. (2007). 10 minute lecture – curatorial teaching. Retrieved from http://learnonline.wordpress.com/2007/09/20/10-minute-lecture-george-siemens-curatorial-teaching. A great online tool to help learners curate content is Pinterest.  If you are interested please feel free to watch my Connect recording on how to use Pinterest in Education.

Are these terms familiar to you?

 

References

Blended Interactions Second Edition  Edited by Kelvin Thompson, Ed.D. “New Learners? New Educators? New Skills? “ in the Handbook of Emerging Technologies for Learning by George Siemens and Peter Tittenberger

Dziuban, C.D., Hartman, J.L., and Mehaffy, G.L. (2014). Blending it all together, In A. Picciano, C. Dziuban, and C. Graham (Eds.), Blended learning: Research perspectives, volume 2. NY: Routledge.

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