“Thanks to the availability of web-based lectures and information sources, the “flipped classroom” model is becoming increasingly popular. Students watch lectures at home at their own pace, leaving classroom time for learning activities. A lot of effort has gone into the out-of-class component, leaving the harder part―the in-class component―to the instructor. Over the past 20 years, instructors worldwide have begun to adopt peer instruction to get students to think in class. With the advent of new technology the process can be significantly improved. A new data analytics-driven audience response system, Learning Catalytics, does away with multiple-choice questions and helps instructors design better questions, manage time and process flow, and optimize discussions in the classroom.”
Speaker: Eric Mazur, Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics and Dean of Applied Physics, Harvard University
Go to: http://ow.ly/f0nMi
A new book has been published by Routledge on an important topic. This is certainly one to explore further!
“Quality assurance (QA) in open and distance learning (ODL) can be a contentious issue. Some argue that it should be judged by the same criteria and methods as face-to-face education, while others claim that it is so different in its organization, enrolments and operations that conventional QA mechanisms cannot apply. Some advocate the use of specific guidelines and standards for e-learning; others believe that, regardless of the technology, the basic principles of quality teaching and learning should apply. Providers who…”
Go to: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415887359/
Available as a Kindle version from Amazon.
DiBL is a staff development resource that through a enquiry-based case study approach and with the help of coaches, the aim is to help you identify and then re-design a short piece of teaching that you or your colleagues currently (or in the future) hope to deliver. Ideally run over two days the sessions allow you to experience developing an enquiry-based blended learning design based on the DIBL framework. You are given opportunities to explore free and cheap multimedia software (PPT, Comic Life and Panopto) to design and create Triggering Events that encourage inquiry, debate, discussion and learner independence.
Initial participant feedback and resources (available for reuse) are available from http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/activity/social-policy/ceimh/film-resources/designing-for-enquiry-based-blended-learning.aspx
The new academic year is creeping up faster every year. This academic year (12-13) sees the fully online version of the distance learning programme that is the Mandatory Qualification for Teachers of Children with Visual Impairment within the School of Education. This year we have a Google News feed and a Programme Twitter feed following on the the successful trial last academic year.
As a result of the success of the news feeds in the VI programme a small enhancement has been added to a range of campus based WebCT modules within the School of Government and Society. News feeds are tailored to each module and feature Departmental and/or module twitter feeds along with Table of Contents feeds from key journals, government departments and key web sites.