Is There Space for Blended Learning Anymore?

Dale, V. (2023) Is There Space for Blended Learning Anymore? Sustaining Connections – The Participatory and Intercultural Potential of Digital Learning, Edinburgh, Scotland, 03-04 Apr 2023.

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For almost two decades, blended learning (BL) has been offered as a transformative opportunity to create ‘meaningful learning experiences’ (Garrison & Kanuka, 2004). Locally, BL has transformed teaching practice and enhanced student learning, despite the associated challenge of academics finding time to rethink their curriculum design across modes of delivery (Dale et al., 2021). Across the sector, the Covid pandemic catalysed the move towards more ‘digital’ in the context of the pivot online (Specht et al., 2021) and at the same time, there has been an increased focus on ‘active blended learning’ (Armellini & Padilla Rodriguez, 2021). However, we find ourselves as a sector facing innumerable challenges – some students struggle with self-regulated learning, and our exhausted academics are largely returning to face-to-face teaching (despite limitations to the physical campus, exacerbated by increasing student numbers). In this context, we need to explore alternative pedagogical and dialogic spaces to ensure the success of student learning and reimagine it in the context of an ever-changing landscape.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item
Additional Information:5-minute provocation at the 2nd Joint Conference on Digital Learning and Teaching.
Keywords:Active blended learning.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Dale, Dr Vicki
Authors: Dale, V.
Subjects:L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
College/School:University Services > Student and Academic Services > Academic Services
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2023 The Author
Publisher Policy:Reproduced with the permission of the author
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