Blended learning for practical work
- Video clips of the expert practice in action to give students a window onto what to aim for – e.g. a voiceover screencast of an experiment, or manipulation, or exercise. The learning design on Fractionating Oil in Downloads shows how a Chemistry lesson can be run for both in class and online students unable to attend.
- A video of 3 representative students doing the practice with feedback from the teacher, with the other students learning vicariously from their peers’ experience – e.g. a livestream or asynchronous video, with audience chat for Q&A
- A tutorial to talk through a system or diagram or machine operation, or the principles of practice to prepare students better for their own limited practice opportunities – e.g. a voiceover talk through of the system or diagram.
- Interactive digital simulations or virtual models where students can explore the behaviour of a system by changing input parameters, and test their knowledge by trying to create a specific output – e.g. using a simple Excel model
- Role-play simulations with advice on roles and how to collaborate or compete on an issue or creating an outcome – e.g. a synchronous online discussion forum, recorded for reflection on the playback.
- Student videos of their practice for peer and teacher assessment – e.g. using smartphone videos or photos of their practice uploaded to the class site for sharing.
- Problem-based learning activities for all the non-practical aspects of a practical project, such as planning for the aims, research questions, data collection, and data analysis techniques using given data – e.g. using small group collaboration in video-conferencing rooms with a shared Googledoc.
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Blended and Online Learning Design
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