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Time (synchronous)

In blended learning, time is conceptualised as either synchronous or asynchronous. The synchronous mode refers to teaching and learning that takes place in real time with teachers and students attending …

Online synchronous teaching

In this contribution, Maria Guarnieri, Teaching Fellow in Italian at the University of Leicester, talks about her experiences of small group online synchronous teaching during the pandemic. As you watch, …

Bibliography

Ashraf, M.A., Yang, M., Zhang, Y., Denden, M., Tlili, A., Liu, J., Huang, R., & Burgos, D. A., (2021) Systematic Review of Systematic Reviews on Blended Learning: Trends, Gaps and …

That’s a wrap!

This week, we have focused, for the most part, on course or programme level design. We have explored design frameworks, learner personas and discussed how we might use the idea …

That’s a wrap!

This week, we have looked at pedagogy and explored some of its implications for activity and assessment design. We have met Diana Laurillard and considered the learning types she has …

That’s a wrap!

This week, we have considered time, space and technology and explored their relevance to blended learning. We have looked at the difference between synchronous and asynchronous time and explored how …

That’s a wrap!

This week, with the help of our experts from around the world, we have explored the commonalities and some of the differences between blended, hybrid and flipped learning. We also …

Thank you/feedback

I would like to take this opportunity to thank several current and former colleagues at the University of Nottingham for their contributions to the course: Alec Millward. As well as …

Desert island pedagogy

If, like Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, you were to find yourself cast away on a desert island, what single book, article or maybe podcast would you take with you to …

That really is a wrap!

This week, we have looked at the legislative, regulatory and institutional contexts that shape our work as learning designers in HE. We have also identified some of the internal and …

Alternative sources of support

There is also a large number of independent organisations working to support those seeking to develop their knowledge of education technologies and to improve their learning design skills. One such …

Institutional guidelines and policy frameworks

There are many examples of university guidelines and policies that shape the way that education is designed in HE. In the area of education technologies, for example, most universities have …

VLE/LMS

Asynchronous delivery in Higher Education contexts has been closely associated with the online dimension delivered through Learning Management Systems (LMSs) or Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) as they are referred to …

Institutional support

It’s important to understand that institutions aren’t just a source of regulatory constraint and interference. They also provide training and guidance to support effective blended and hybrid learning design practices. …