Blended learning simply refers to the purposeful combination of face-to-face and online activities.
The combination creates a blend that optimises student engagement and the achievement of learning outcomes. Purposeful decisions put the pieces of the puzzle together in a way that creates an engaging learning journey that leads to student success.
In the College of Medicine and Dentistry we use a variety of technology-enhanced learning approaches to increase student engagement and enhance performance, including:
- Provision of quiz-embedded online lecture videos available to students anywhere and anytime, and which provide instant feedback to teaching staff about student performance
- Use of Smart Sparrow / Best Network adaptive online learning modules, which respond dynamically to student interactions
- Use of audience response technology (e.g. keepads, smartphone systems) in face-to-face teaching to increase student engagement
- Slice – annotatable and sharable repository of medical images
- 'Green screen' video recordings – embedding the presenter within a video or PowerPoint presentation
- Multi-touch online textbooks created with iBooks Author
- Online electronic learning portfolios with PebblePad
- Effective use of Blackboard Learning Management System, e.g. use of online assessment tools, quizzes, rubrics, collaborative tools
- Use of Blackboard Analytics to better understand how students engage with learning material