Designing Blended Learning Environments That Engage Students

About the Course

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According to Dewey (1916), "the engagement of the imagination is the only thing that makes any activity more than mechanical". Engagement, in the context of learning, refers to the “emotional and mental energy that students are willing to expend during a learning experience” (Stein & Graham, 2014). Numerous studies have shown that “academic achievement is positively influenced by the amount of active participation in the learning process” (Graham et al., 2007). This 18-hour course focuses on guiding participants through an evidence-based approach to design and develop blended modules that aim to engage learners. Examples of how these principles and strategies are instantiated in various disciplinary domains in university settings will be shared at the session.


Pre-requisite


Faculty members should:
  • have either (i) taught a module for at least a semester, or (ii) started to implement flipped classroom and want to learn more.
  • be able to commit all 6 sessions. Please refer to the dates listed below.

Course Leaders
  • Jeanette CHOY, Senior Education Specialist, CDTL
  • Adrian LEE, Deputy Director, CDTL
  • HO Wanyun, Education Technologist, CIT
  • NARAYANAN Shyam, Senior Associate Director, CIT
  • Charina ONG, Senior Education Technologist, CDTL
  • Kenneth Gerard PINTO, Lead Education Technologist, CIT
  • Alan SOONG, Associate Director, CDTL
  • WEE Ying Qin, Education Technologist, CIT


For further information about the blended learning course, please contact:

Adrian LEE
Deputy Director, CDTL
e-mail: cdtaml@nus.edu.sg


Course Structure

 The course will be conducted in a blended learning mode within a semester – 6 three-hour sessions, inclusive of a gallery walk presentation. By end of the course, participants will develop a prototype of a unit in blended learning mode and present the prototype at the last session.

RUN 1: 14 May - 04 June 2019

SessionDateTimeTopic
114 May 20192.00pm – 5.00pmWhat is blended learning, flipped classroom?
217 May 20192.00pm – 5.00pmConstructive alignment and intended learning outcomes
323 May 20192.00pm – 5.00pmIncorporating active learning to engage students with pre-class and in-class activity
424 till 27 May 2019No face-to-face classPeer review on lesson plan (asynchronous, no face-to-face session)

24 May 2019, 11.59pm:
Submit individual lesson plan onto discussion forum

27 May 2019: 11.59pm:
Provide feedback to assigned peer(s) via discussion forum
528 May 20199.00am – 12.00pm


2.00pm – 5.00pm
Development of a multimedia teaching and learning resource based on the lesson plan – storyboarding & principles of designing multimedia

** There isan optional consultation session from 2.00pm to 5.00pmfor participants who wish to discuss about their storyboard design for the project prototype.
64 June 20192.00pm – 5.00pmGallery walk on presentation of prototypes by participants, and peer review of prototypes


RUN 2: 09 July - 01 August 2019

SessionDateTimeTopic
19 July 20192.00pm – 5.00pmWhat is blended learning, flipped classroom?
211 July 20192.00pm – 5.00pmConstructive alignment and intended learning outcomes
316 July 20192.00pm – 5.00pmIncorporating active learning to engage students with pre-class and in-class activity
418 till 22 July 2019No face-to-face classPeer review on lesson plan (asynchronous, no face-to-face session)

18 July 2019, 11.59pm:
Submit individual lesson plan onto discussion forum

22 July May 2019: 11.59pm:
Provide feedback to assigned peer(s) via discussion forum
523 July 20199.00am – 12.00pm


2.00pm – 5.00pm
Development of a multimedia teaching and learning resource based on the lesson plan – storyboarding & principles of designing multimedia

** There isan optional consultation session from 2.00pm to 5.00pmfor participants who wish to discuss about their storyboard design for the project prototype.
61 Aug 20192.00pm – 5.00pmGallery walk on presentation of prototypes by participants, and peer review of prototypes

 

Venue
All sessions will be held at Dewey Room, Centre for Development of Teaching & Learning (CDTL).

 

Resources

References

Dewey, J. (1916). Democracy and education: An introduction to the philosophy of education. New York: Macmillan.

Graham, C. R., Tripp, T. R., Seawright, L., & Joeckel, G. L., (2007). Empowering or compelling reluctant participators using audience response systems. Active Learning in Higher Education, 8(3), 233–258.

Stein, J., & Graham, C. R. (2014). Essentials for blended learning: A standards-based guide. New York: Routledge.

Publications

Soong, A., Choy, J. L. F., & Lee, A. M. (2016). Building academics’ SoTL capacity through a course on blended learning. Paper presented at ASCILITE 2016, Adelaide, Australia. Retrieved from .http://2016conference.ascilite.org/wp-content/uploads/ascilite2016_soong_concise.pdf.