10 Major Trends in Blended Learning

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Dearmbox Learning has released a white paper called Blended Learning Innovations: 10 Major Trends.  It looks at the dominant trends in the moving target that is blended learning.

A major influence that is driving this change results from acknowledging the reality of the way we live today. We can no longer ignore the ubiquity of technology—we must to welcome it into our classrooms and learning activities. To inspire engagement, we need to keep pace with students who operate in an increasingly mobile world where information and communication are accessed 24/7 through smartphones, laptops, and tablets.

That is combined with the need to address the learning styles, backgrounds, and differing needs of students in classrooms with 30 or more students in them.  That includes moving from a lecture centered model combined with memorization and repetition to a learner-centered model with “active learning strategies and learning guidance.”

The blended learning trends covered in the white paper are:

  1. The deeply student-centered learning experience
  2. Soaring numbers of digital learners
  3. Supporting standards and higher-order thinking skills
  4. Realizing benefits for both teachers and students
  5. Data-driven instruction to personalize learning
  6. Personalized learning accompanied by a lean, blended, iterative approach
  7. Productive gamification
  8. The mobile world is where learners live now
  9. BYOD is here and key to active three-screen days
  10. More broadband, please!

For a more in-depth look into these trends, read DreamBox Learning full report here.

Rick W. Burkett runs the John A. Logan College Teaching and Learning Center, teaches history, and heads an educational nonprofit. He publishes blogs on a wide variety of topics, including history, teaching and learning, student success, and teaching online.
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Infographic: Blended and Online Assessment Taxonomy Design

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Inforgraphic: Who’s REALLY Taking Advantage of The ONLine Education Revolution?

Top Online Education Providers

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Podcast: Tom Vander Ark Discusses How Online Learning Is Shaping the Educational Landscape (10:33)

Vander Ark talks about some recent trends and his preferences for online learning.  He tends toward blended learning for most students.

The educational landscape is continually being changed by new innovations in online learning.  Online learning solutions provide access to high-quality course materials, which can be administrated in a cost-effective manner.

For school districts looking to embrace online learning, this new approach to learning also provides a method for offering blended classes and is ideal for advanced courses in STEM and foreign languages.  And it is a great way to leverage talented teachers, and to provide new career options for many of your teachers.

These are some of the key insights from a recent podcast interview with Tom Vander Ark, who is the author of Getting Smart: How Digital Learning is Changing the World.

As an advocate for innovations that customize and motivate learning and extend access, Tom is also the CEO of Getting Smart, a learning advocacy firm and is a partner in Learn Capital, an education venture capital firm investing in education technology startups.

Rick W. Burkett runs the John A. Logan College Teaching and Learning Center, teaches history, and heads an educational nonprofit. He publishes blogs on a wide variety of topics, including history, teaching and learning, student success, and teaching online.
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Infographic: How Do Employers View Online Degrees?

Graphic by Drexel.com

Story by EdTechMagazine.com

Online learning has been growing rapidly over the past 10 years. Students have flocked to online universities and massive open online courses (MOOCs) because they want to make themselves more appealing to potential employers. Is it working?

Time magazine explored this issue in an effort to understand whether online learning is actually helping students get jobs and employers find qualified employees. While employers are somewhat skeptical about online learning, attitudes are shifting as more students look to the web for a degree.

Full EdTechMagazine.com post is here.

Rick W. Burkett runs the John A. Logan College Teaching and Learning Center, teaches history, and heads an educational nonprofit. He publishes blogs on a wide variety of topics, including history, teaching and learning, student success, and teaching online.
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Infographic – What Does Great Blended Learning Look Like?

Infographic - What Does Great Blended Learning Look Like?

Via: https://anethicalisland.wordpress.com/2013/04/22/blended-learning/

Rick W. Burkett runs the John A. Logan College Teaching and Learning Center, teaches history, and heads an educational nonprofit. He publishes blogs on a wide variety of topics, including history, teaching and learning, student success, and teaching online.
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Curt Bonk: Adding Jumbo Motivation to Online Courses & Activities with the TEC-VARIETY Model

Curt Bonk presents the final session at Engage 2013, presented by Cengage Learning with SXSWedu.Session Description: Everyone is talking about the need to motivate and engage learners. This is true in face-to-face classrooms and even more true in online environments. Many students are unhappy due to bland online content and unimaginative activities. Many others are bored since the course does not utilize current technologies. They love their iPads, iPhones, and other mobile technologies and want their instructors to utilize them. Some feel that their instructors have not addressed their preferred learning approaches. They want hands-on activities as well as time to explore the resources they find the Web. All they simply want is more variety, or more specifically, they want ‘TEC-VARIETY.’ Bonk’s new instructional design model for online learning TEC-VARIETY will break online instructors and students out of boring online learning. This session will outline dozens of active learning ideas and solutions that motivate and engage online learners in deeper learning experiences.Presenter Bio: Curt Bonk is Professor of Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University. Drawing on his background as a corporate controller, CPA, educational psychologist, and instructional technologist, Bonk offers unique insights into the intersection of business, education, psychology, and technology. A well-known authority on emerging technologies for learning,Bonk reflects on his speaking experiences around the world in his popular blog, TravelinEdMan. He has authored several widely used technology books, including The World is Open, Empowering Online Learning, The Handbook of Blended Learning, and Electronic Collaborators

Rick W. Burkett runs the John A. Logan College Teaching and Learning Center, teaches history, and heads an educational nonprofit. He publishes blogs on a wide variety of topics, including history, teaching and learning, student success, and teaching online.
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SoftChalk Webinar: Preparing Faculty of all Technology Levels to Teach Online – Blended – Hybrid

From the webinar site:

Canisius College, a Jesuit institution in Buffalo, NY, has moved rapidly to build online programs, tripling the number in the last three years. To address this rapid growth, the college created and implemented a comprehensive and innovative collection of training offerings that helps connect faculty to the values and mission of their institution as well as addressing faculty members’ prior experiences with online teaching. Using Palloff and Pratt’s Five Phases of Online Faculty Development to guide the professional development offerings, the Plan is made up of three core workshops (novice, intermediate, and advanced), online course review tool, the Griff Guide to Teaching Online, resources for review and assessment, and professional development opportunities. Continue reading

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TED: What We’re Learning From Online Education

Daphne Koller is a professor at Stanford University.  She is co-founder, with Andrew Ng, of Coursera, which is one of the emerging leaders in massively open online courses (MOOCs).  Coursera currently offers classes from 16 top colleges. This video addresses what they are learning from this new online modality.  The implications on student learning clearly have applicability to traditional online and supplemental courses as well.

Among the topics she addresses are active learning, student engagement, Bloom’s Taxonomy, self and peer assessment, personalized feedback, life-long learning, and integration of multimedia.

The scholarship and references she cites include (in order of appearance):

Friedman, Thomas.  “Come the Revolution,” New York Times (May 15, 2012).  Available online here.

Karpicke, Jeffrey D., and Janell R. Blunt.  “Retrieval Practice Produces More Learning than Elaborative Studying with Concept Mapping,” Science 2011.  Available online here.

Sadler, Phillip M., and Eddie Good, “The Impact of Self- and Peer-Grading on Student Learning, Educational Assessment, 11, (1): 1-31.   More information here.

Bloom, B. S. (1984). The 2 Sigma Problem: The Search for Methods of Group Instruction as Effective as One-to-One Tutoring. Educational Researcher, 13, n. 6 (1984): 4-16.  Available online here.

Deslauriers, Louis,  Ellen Schelew, and Carl Wieman.  “Improved Learning In a Large-Enrollment Physics Class,” Science, Volume 332, no. 6031  (May 13, 2011): pp. 862-864.  Available online here.  Supplemental material available here.

 

Rick W. Burkett runs the John A. Logan College Teaching and Learning Center, teaches history, and heads an educational nonprofit. He publishes blogs on a wide variety of topics, including history, teaching and learning, student success, and teaching online.
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