Preparing For Blended Learning – Week 2
This is the second week of the Blended Learning Essentials course and the topic this week was on Preparing For Blended Learning which is coming to an end of week two. This course is offered on FutureLearn as part of MOOC from the University of Leeds in England which started two weeks ago. I have read the article posted by Eileen Kennedy – ‘Blended Learning Essentials has definitely got started’ and it would appear this is their debut MOOC course and so much effort has gone into making this available for us. Thank you so much to all those involved and I can honestly say that this is the best MOOC course I have done in the last three years. So if I have managed to convince you, there is still time to enrol and complete last two weeks worth of contents and catch up. Here is the link if you wish to find out more and enrol: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/blended-learning-getting-started
I am enjoying the course so far and learning a lot from other peers from the comments/discussion section. One thing I have consistently seen in MOOC is the community ethos of learning where majority of the time learners have shared interest and are willing to put in their valuable time engaging with others.
This week’s theme was around the pedagogical theories, teaching approaches and digital literacy knowledge application to improve and enhance the quality of our teaching using available technologies to support learning outcomes. The case studies are worth the look as it helps to reinforce and inspire your learning. It also helps you to formulate in your mind how perhaps you might implement such theories in your own work environment. It has raised several questions for me as to whether I can achieve it at my workplace and raises question that can we afford not to give it a try.
The following pedagogical theories and training approaches were explored in the course to match them up with the available digital technology and in context of learners: constructivism, social constructivism and problem-based learning. I thought these theories were relevant and was well thought out exercises, really useful to complete it and best of all you were able to opt in to receive copy of your responses. I particularly like the idea of designing similar exercises using Typeform to create your own customised online assessment form.
Digital Literacy Skills
Digital literacy skills audit test is worth a go, even if you just wish to check your level of understanding using digital technology in your learning environment and to identify your own knowledge gap. Here is the link if you would like to assess your own digital literacy skills and see how confident you are with your digital knowledge. Digital Literacy Skills Audit
Links from the Course Page
The links below are copy from the course sites which I found them so useful apart from the online typing course which I have added at the end along with some from other learners. If you explore some of these links or all of them if you have the time, will definitely help boost your digital literacy skills.
BBC Webwise – A wide range of learning materials about online security, social media, online searching and use of games consoles.
Microsoft Digital Literacy – Three levels of curriculum about digital literacy skills: basic, standard and advanced.
JISC Developing your digital literacy Design Studio – An extensive range of resources to support your digital development.
Open University Being Digital skills for life online – A range of self-assessment tests you can take to assess your digital literacy skills.
JISC Digital Media guide to video production – A comprehensive guide to producing video.
Educator’s guide to social media – A useful guide for educators about the use and value of a wide range of social media sites that can support education.
Online Typing Course – This is a free typing course which has three levels beginner, intermediate and advanced and really fun to do whatever your skills level. You can earn badges as well as certificate whilst learning the techniques.
Mozilla Web Literacy – I have had a quick look at this and appear to be really useful site.
Multimedia Course – I have had a quick look at this and appear to be really useful site. I will check this out properly when I have a moment but felt like sharing it anyway here.
The links below are some really useful and inspiring case studies which were shared during the course and they include some theories, approaches and digital tools they have used which are all well worth exploring:
Other Useful Links
The links below are some really useful tools and references which were shared during the course and are all well worth exploring:
Glossary – Good Tools for building your own list http://ble-leeds.wikidot.com/start
Typeform – Create your own online assessment form https://admin.typeform.com/
Temporary Text Hosting facility to publish anonymous pages of text as no registration required
Pastie – http://pastie.org/
NoteHub (best for mobile devices) – http://notehub.org/
Padlet – http://padlet.com/
All the best with the course so far and hope you are learning and enjoying learning as much as I have been. Thank you for reading my blog and hope you will share your experience with everyone so that we can all benefit from each other.
Check my week 1 reflective blog along with few others below which were posted on FutureLearn: