Exploring perceptions of blended learning exercise

When I completed this exercise, I was offered the option of having my responses emailed to me. I think this is a very good use of tech to enhance learning. I can have a copy of the questions, my responses and the educator’s examples.

Q) Can you suggest a technology-based activity that uses ‘flexible access to learning resources’ to help learners engage?

A) A group task to watch an online video and create a podcast in which all of them offer responses to a set of questions about the video.

Educator feedback:
Here is one idea: Get them to search the internet to find the answer to a very specific question before a f2f session, and compete to see who gets the best answer.

Q) Can you suggest a technology-based activity that uses ‘active learning’ to help learners engage?

A) A game where learners have to solve problems to score points and progress to the next level.

Educator feedback:
Here is one idea: Ask them to work in small groups to develop a slide to present to their peers, which explains what could go wrong in a procedure/technique/skill they have just learned about.

Q) Can you suggest a technology-based activity that uses ‘personalisation’ to help learners engage?

A) Learners take a quiz and get feedback on each question based on their answers. After the quiz, they are directed to one of several different activities based on their level of understanding.

Educator feedback:
Here is one idea: Give the learners access to a relevant image database they can search to find suitable illustrations for some work they have to hand in.

Q) Can you suggest a technology-based activity that uses ‘learner control’ to help learners engage?

A) A choice of resources is provided eg audio podcast, video, online article, for learners to use in preparation for a class discussion.

Educator feedback:
Here is one idea: Ask each learner to browse YouTube to find a good video that’s relevant to the topic they are currently learning.

Q) Can you suggest a technology-based activity that uses ‘feedback’ to help learners engage?

A) A multi-choice quiz with a feedback response for each choice so that the learner immediately gets feedback on why their choice was right or wrong.

Educator feedback:
Here is one idea: Prepare a multiple choice quiz using a question you have put to learners previously. Use their previous wrong answers as the choices, and ask them to pick the best one.

Reflecting on this exercise, did it change your perceptions of blended learning from what you knew already? In the course add your contribution to the comments, look through the contributions from other participants and reply to one or two that catch your eye.

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