Blended Learning

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