For my artefact I am working on a project called “Putting the Human Back“. My artefact will represent the movement towards taking the human out of education and the current movement towards reinstatement. This post is to represent the present situation and I will be linking to it.
What is Blended Learning?
Blended learning uses both E-Learning and classroom learning.
Many centres for adult education are putting the human back at least to some extent by using this technique.
Why use Blended Learning?
Example of a Blended learning Module.
Click on the image (left) to see the sorts of information and exercises the learner might do before completing the assignment.
The learner then has the choice of printing the book out and filling in the blanks manually or they can create their own story to bring to the classroom.
Here is the book that I prepared for this assignment using the StoryBird application.
Below are two ways of preparing this assignment from opposite ends of the motivational scale.
I have not used StoryBird for a real class. I would be able to see any stories submitted for this assignment on line so I would be prepared for who and who hadn’t prepared and to what extent.
In the Classroom
Me: Do you have your assignments with you?
Everyone: Yes, I do.
Me: Good. We will look at the stories together. First, does anyone have any questions.
Everyone: No (or silence – I hardly ever get questions at the beginning of a class.)
Me. What time do you wake up every day?
Lazy student: I wake up at six and a half every day.
Motivated student: I wake up at half past six every day.
This would lead to discussion, explanations (hopefully by ‘motivated student’) corrections and feedback. The classroom is student centred as much as possible. My role is to animate the meeting and ensure that everyone has understood before going on to the next subject.