Blended and online learning

Don’t you find it painful when you see yourself recorded? I certainly do, and become even more convinced that I would starve as an actor or TV presenter. Disclaimer apart, the material here can be of interest to those of you considering blended learning. My colleagues Emma O’Brien (Management and Development Unit UL); John F Kelly (Centre for Project Management, UL) and Olivia McDermott (Management and Development Unit, UL) also provide their insights into these questions:

  • What does blended learning mean to you?
  • What are the opportunities afforded by blended learning?
  • What are some of the challenges of blended learning?

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The recording took place last year as part a jointly developed SPOC with Oxford University Press in Blended Learning but was unused for the final product, so we obtained full rights to repurpose for dissemination. The interviews have been edited in the context of the Digital Badge initiative of the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, and will feature on the Teaching Online badge to which we are contributing in collaboration with Gearoid O’Sullivan and Roisin Garvey from the Department of Technology Enhanced Learning at CIT, and led by Dara Cassidy, Director of Online Learning at Hibernia College. A schedule is being drawn up for the delivery of professional development workshops for the badges in late September, and there will be a piloting stage for the badge delivery, so watch the space!


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