Learn with Lynda: Blended Learning Fundamentals

Learn with Lynda is back after a busy first month of term. Blended Learning Fundamentals is a 1h 37m course designed to equip those who teach with the knowledge and skills to embed blended learning methods into their teaching.

Blended learning is all about the students: combining instruction with digital resources to help increase student achievement and engagement. In this course, Chris Mattia explores the various aspects of blended learning, and provides guidelines to create a blended classroom that meets students’ diverse learning needs. The techniques rely on technologies such as Google Apps, Android and iOS devices, video, learning management systems (LMSs), and open-source tools such as WordPress to promote sharing and collaboration. Many of the approaches can also be adapted to supported tools available at YSJ and other freely available online tools that you may want to use.

Blended Learning Fundamentals uses a pedagogical framework called the ‘Four Ps’ – projects, peers, passion and play. The methods shared are based on project based learning and other constructivist approaches. The course encourages you to think about ways you could ‘humanize’ your course materials and think about the ways that your online materials will be experienced by students. What could you do to ensure students stay engaged week by week?

Topics include:

  • Understanding blended learning
  • Humanizing course materials
  • Designing blended courses with Google Apps
  • Setting up sharing on iOS and Android devices
  • Capturing mobile screenshots
  • Recording audio and video
  • Creating a YouTube channel for sharing video
  • Blending courses with an LMS

Watch a preview of Blended Learning Fundamentals

Many of you will already be using blended learning methods in your existing practice. Use the comments below to share some of your practical tips. If you’d like to find out more or have some ideas you’d like to discuss with us, please don’t hesitate to contact us at tel@yorksj.ac.uk.
P.S. Did you know? You can integrate your lynda.com course completion certificates with your LinkedIn profile – and share the skills and knowledge you’ve acquired. Simply ‘Share’ your certificate of completion and select ‘Post to LinkedIn profile’!

Rosie Hare

Working to the Directorate’s annual objectives and the TEL Quality Framework, Rosie’s role as a TEL Advisor is to proactively support and develop staff in using technology to enhance the student learning experience. Her main focus is to advise academic staff on effective use of learning technologies to develop innovative learning resources, processes and practices. Before joining YSJ Rosie was an E-Learning Support Officer at University of York, and prior to that worked as a Digital Facilitator in the E-Learning Team at Middlesbrough College.

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