Pedagogical Approaches to Support Blended Learning in FET

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Welcome to this new course entitled, Pedagogical Approaches to Support Blended Learning. As we emerge from Covid-19 and Emergency Remote Teaching many ETBs are now focusing on Blended Learning. While a contested term, Donegal ETB has developed a Blended Learning Framework that captures 3 levels of blended learning.  These are:

  • Low Impact Blend (use of technology in face-to-face settings)
  • Medium Impact Blend (the flipped classroom approach)
  • High Impact Blend (courses/programmes that have in-person and online sessions timetabled)

This course will focus on the Medium Impact Blends and on the pedagogical approaches we can use, as part of such blends. We will focus on active learning approaches, in the main, and we will experience a real of Co-operative Learning approaches.

I will be joined on this course by Dr Maria Garvey, an expert in Cooperative Learning and in strategies to counteract bullying. We look forward to engaging with you over the 4 weeks to explore topics such as:

  • Classroom Discussion and Collaboration
  • Formative Assessment
  • Co-operative Learning/Problem-based Learning
  • Self-regulated or Self-directed Learning

The course will take an experiential approach and we look forward to learning with and from you.  We invite to take an active part in the course and to share your ideas, questions and practices with us and your fellow learners. We hope you enjoy the course.

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Resources Referenced in the Course

Sue Beckingham Graphic on Modes of learning in higher education

Sue Beckingham Graphic on Modes of learning in higher education

Active Blended Learning Action, Northampton University

A set of resources from Northampton University that define and outline what is and what is not Active Blended Learning.


9 Ways Online Teaching Should be Different from Face-to-Face

A podcast from the Cult of Pedagogy that is hosted by Jennifer Gonzalez

ABC Learning Design

An overview of the ABC Learning Design which is a high-energy, hands-on curriculum development workshop developed at UCL.

Blended Learning Universe

Website with materials and advice on planning and implementing blended learning.

Enhancing learning through digital tools and practices - How digital technology in compulsory education can help promote inclusion : Final report - October 2021

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