What is Blended Learning? Blended courses (also known as hybrid or mixed-mode courses) are classes where a portion of the traditional face-to-face instruction is replaced by web-based online learning. How much of the face-to-face instruction must be replaced by online coursework? This question will vary greatly by class, discipline, and learning objectives. The Online Learning Consortium (formerly, the Sloan Consortium, a professional organization dedicated to postsecondary online learning) defines blended learning as a course where 30%-70% of the instruction is delivered online. The EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) provides many useful resources related blended learning. The National Center for Academic Transformation has done a significant amount of work related to course redesign, including the innovative use of technology for blended learning. The addition of technology to any academic program must be accompanied by fundamental process re-design. Courses can be blended in many ways and for many reasons.
A List of 20 Free Tools for Teachers to Create Awesome Presentations and Slideshows Below is a list of some of the best free tools teachers and students can use to create awesome slideshow and presentations. 1- KnovioKnovio gives life to static slides and with a simple click you will be able to turn them into rich video and audio presentations that you can share with your friends and colleagues via email or popular social media websites. Knovio does not require any software installation or download, it is all web based. 2- AheadAhead is a great presentation tool for educators. 3- HelloSlideHelloSlide is a cool web tool that allows its users to create awesome slides together with voice narration. 4- JuxJux is one of the best showcase for your stories. 5- SlidestaxxSlidestaxx is a great presentation tool. 6- Present.meIt allows its users to record and share their presentations using their webcams. 8- SlideboomSlideboom is a slide hosting service where you can store your presentations and share them with the rest of the world. 11- Zoho Show
Blended Learning – Cutting Edge Or A Double-Edged Sword? Excellent presentation provides thorough overview of process, tools, and lessons learned in university’s implementation of blended learning curriculum. Instructional Designer and Teacher Kimberly Greene provides deep insights into Brandman University’s implementation of a blended learning environment in their School of Education. In the presentation, Greene discusses the goals of the effort, many of the technologies and approaches used, and identifies what worked well and what they’ve been working to improve. The presentation also explores Greene’s experience working with peers to teach blended courses (also commonly referred to as ‘hybrid’ courses). Resistance to Web 2.0, social media, and synchronous tools was strong. Following is an overview of some of the presentation’s key points: Efforts to prepare faculty (71 fulltime and 1400 adjuncts) included: Results - The “Double-Edged Sword”Among the more challenging aspects of the effort … About Kelly Walsh Print This Post
7 Fabulous iPad Apps to Create Short Animated Lessons for Your Flipped Classroom Today, however, I am sharing with you a set of some wonderful apps that you can use to create short video lessons and tutorials to share with your students. You can also use them to : Easily explain a range of topics from math to chemistry to music theory to basket weaving.Attach a personal message to any travel photos you want to shareDiagram offensive and defensive strategies for sportsGrade student work with commentary explaining the reasoning behind their performanceImplement a “flipped classroom” Showcase your tutorials online and share your knowledge with your students, friends, family, or the world! I have meticulously handpicked the apps mentioned below and only included what I personally see as the best available out there. 1- Educreations This is my favourite of them all. 2- ShowMe ShowMe is similar to Educreations in that it also allows you to turn your iPad into a recordable iPad. 3- DoodleCast Pro 4- Explain Everything 5- Board Cam Pro 7- Knowmia
Best practices for blended learning Teaching a blended course starts with a re-examination of the intended learning outcomes of the course. An instructor needs to design online and in-class learning activities that support these intended learning outcomes and integrate them together effectively with the assessments. Instructors should discuss with students why their course is being taught as a blended course and to prepare them for their role and responsibilities. The following are aspects of effective course design and instructor behaviour that can be applied to blended courses; however, they are applicable to all courses whether they are face-to-face, blended or completely online. Intended learning outcomes are measurable, achievable, relevant, concise, and clearly stated. See Chickering and Ehrmann's "Implementing the Seven Principles: Technology as Lever" for an in-depth discussion of each of these best practices.
7 Public Speaking Tips From the World's Best Speakers & Presenters [SlideShare] It’s 7:54 on a frigid January morning in San Francisco. You’re waiting outside the Moscone Center, in a queue of several thousand people, many of whom have been camping out in the cold for over 12 hours. The security detail for this event rivals the Democratic National Convention. Another hour passes before you’re comfortably seated in a giant auditorium that’s crackling with anticipation. Finally, at 9:43 a.m., the moment you’ve been waiting for arrives. The thin, soft-spoken man gracing the stage in his signature turtleneck and jeans, clears his throat, takes a sip from his water bottle, then pauses for a full 12 seconds before uttering these words: "This is a day I've been looking forward to for two and a half years. Download 20 of the best presentation examples here to inspire your next presentation. Such was the scene on January 9, 2007, when Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone in one of the most captivating product launches in history. What, if anything, do they have in common?
Case story: The perfect blend Distance learning is not only the domain of the arts and sciences. Physical education and fitness instructor Nicola shows that even her subject can be taught remotely. Nicola simply sets an assignment on the course page in the academy’s learning platform, and asks her students to complete it at home. Her students are assigned online study materials, which can include tests, podcasts, videos or theoretical papers. Completing practical exercises online Students in her Personal Training Certifications course may choose to study Nordic Walking - a type of fitness walking with specially designed poles - are asked to film themselves Nordic Walking and post the video on the course page. Nicola says this approach generates a lot of positive feedback from her students. “The beauty of our blended learning approach is that students have the flexibility to choose when they study. On longer courses, the pattern is repeated, with more online learning followed by more face-to-face teaching.
The Best Tools and Apps for Flipped Learning Classroom July 25, 2014 Following the posting of "Managing iPad Videos in Schools" somebody emailed me asking about some suggestions for tools and apps to create instructional videos to use in a flipped learning setting. In fact, over the last couple of years I have reviewed several web tools and iPad apps that can be used in flipped classroom but the ones I am featuring below are among the best out there. 1- Educlipper Educlipper is a wonderful tool for creating video tutorials and guides to share with students. Pixiclip is another wonderful tool to create step by step instructional videos to use in your flipped classroom. 3- Explain Everything Explain Everything is a great interactive whiteboard that allows you to create screencasts and video tutorials using annotation, animation, narration, importing, and exporting almost anything to and from almost anywhere. 4- Knowmia Knowmia Teach is a new free lesson planning and recording tool for teachers and their students. 6- Educreations
Blended Learning in Higher Education: Framework, Principles, and Guidelines - D. Randy Garrison, Norman D. Vaughan This groundbreaking book offers a down-to-earth resource for the practical application of blended learning in higher education as well as a comprehensive examination of the topic. Well-grounded in research, Blended Learning in Higher Education clearly demonstrates how the blended learning approach embraces the traditional values of face-to-face teaching and integrates the best practices of online learning. This approach has proven to both enhance and expand the effectiveness and efficiency of teaching and learning in higher education across disciplines. In this much-needed book, authors D. Randy Garrison and Norman D. Blended Learning in Higher Education Outlines seven blended learning redesign principlesExplains the professional development issues essential to the implementation of blended learning designsPresents six illustrative scenarios of blended learning designContains practical guidelines to blended learning redesignDescribes techniques and tools for engaging students
Use Technology Techniques > Public speaking > Speaking Tips > Use Technology Description | Example | Discussion | See also Description In presentations, do make best use of technology but do not over-use it. A common tool is Powerpoint (or other slideshow software) coupled to a computer projector which shows slides on a large screen. Other technology that can be useful include: Wireless mouse to advance slides from wherever you are. Example I regularly use a wireless mouse with a built-in laser pointer. Discussion Technology is a boon to the effective speaker who can use it to enhance their presentation. There is a danger with PowerPoint in that it can be used as a presentation crutch, propping up the ill-prepared speaker. Some audiences expect the latest technology to be used -- most notably those who work in the technology industry. A final tip: technology can fail, leaving you high and dry. See also Powerpoint Tips
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