Learning in online and blended education
When designing online or blended education, just as with designing face-to-face education, starts with setting learning objectives, choosing learning activities, and designing the assessment methods. You can use the step-by-step guide to course design to aid you in this.
Online learning environments and tools offer many opportunities for activating learning. Students can actively engage with the content, they can collaborate with one another, and as an instructor you can talk to students. In a blended design, knowledge acquistiiton usually takes place online. Collaboration and application take place in a face-to-face setting.
Activating activities will help students process the information on a deeper level and provide opportunities to practice. Think about making your reading materials or videos more interactive by adding questions or discussion topics, giving students assignments (possibly what you would do face-to-face), and/or let students test themselves.
In the online learning environment ULearning, content can be presented in an activating manner. You can find information about developing interactive content, like interactive video’s (in H5P) and questionnaires in the ULearning course development manual. Use this link to enroll yourself in the manual .
Activating knowledge clips
Instead of (live) lectures, it is recommended to record knowledge clips. This fits with the short online attention span and gives students the opportunity to learn at their own time and pace. Knowledge clips are videos in which the information is divided into logical parts within a limited amount of time (max. between 5 and 15 minutes, depending on the topic). You can use existing materials or record your own clip using a laptop (with screencasting for instance), PowerPoint or MS Teams.
- Recording via PowerPoint
- Recording via MyMediasite
- Interaction within your (powerpoint) presentation slides can be done via Wooclap For more information click here.
- Educate-it module on video / knowledge clips (log in)
- FeedbackFruits interactive document and video
An e-module is a digital learning unit in which interactive elements (such as formative questions) and media (such as pictures or a movie) are included. An e-module can be embedded within a course on ULearning or in Blackboard.
For an UMC e-module please contact email@example.com for further explanation.
Interaction between students
Interaction between students in an online setting can be supported in different ways.
Digital learning environment
Within a digital learning environment, students can work together on assignments, make a glossary of difficult concepts, give peer feedback and use the discussion forum in which information and opinions can be shared and discussed.
Work formats for working together and social interaction in ULearning can be found in het Course development manual. Use this link to enroll yourself in the manual.
Tips and tricks about facilitation social bonding in your course are given in this webinar(in Dutch)
Read the knowledge file from Onderwijsadvies & Training (O&T) about social contact and community building in an online environment
- Feedbackfruits Peer review This tool is integrated ULearning and Blackboard and automatically facilitates the entire peer feedback process. Students are notified to hand in their assignments, are automatically assigned to students to give peer feedback to and automatically receive their feedback.
- Pitch2Peer. This tool is also integrated in Blackboard and is specifically focused on peer feedback for videos or presentations. This for example can be used as a replacement of face-to-face poster presentations.
Want to know more about (peer) feedback? Join the online Educate-it module on (peer)feedback (log in)
Giving and receiving feedback is not always easy for students. To support them, an e-module has been developed. This e-module can be included in the online learning environment. Please contact ULearningfirstname.lastname@example.org to arrange this.
Interaction with students
In online learning envoriment, you can interact with students by, for example, giving feedback on assignments or participating in a discussion. MS Teams is often used for interaction.
MS Teams can be used to stay in contact with your students.
MS Teams is suitable for communicating in (live) online education, collective storage of documents and offers several communication options; via chat, video, audio, raise hands feature, sharing screens, polls etc. It can be accessed via a SolisID.
- Feedbackfruits Assignment review This tool is integrated in ULearning and Blackboard and provides the opportunity to also give feedback on specific parts of a text, instead of just general feedback like in Blackboard.
Formative assessment and feedback have the aim to form and stimulate the learning process of the student by providing feedback. Formative assessment gives the student insight in their own progress and can prepare them for the (summative) end task. There are various ways of formative assessment, e.g., giving peer feedback, using a rubric, consultancy (supervisor meetings), reflection (portfolio) or a quiz.
For inspiration, take a look at 100+ ways to assess.
Want to know more about (digital) assesment? Have a look at one of the following links:
- Educate-it module on (digital) assessment (log in)
- Knowledge file about Take home and open book exams
- You can use Remindo for formative and summative assessment.
You can find an overview of possible interesting online learning activities here. This database gives you an overview on how you can organize specific learning activities. Each theme provides information about the kind of learning activities, tools you could use to facilitate the learning activity and additional resources about this activity.
To help you in redesigning your course, Educate-it offers several online courses to get you started. You can find an overview of all the online courses can here.
Or have a look at one of the links below:
- Watch recordings of webinars about distance teaching
- Knowledge dossier ‘Onderwijsadvies & Training’; In this dossier educational consultants share their knowledge about, and experience with distance education and online examination.