If We Adopt the Blended Approach: Will Students Still Come to Class?

If We Adopt the Blended Approach: Will Students Still Come to Class?

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  • Penny

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    Hi I am Penny. I would like to add to the conversation on blended learning. I think that the online learning scene is very neglected in South Africa. A few months ago I was teaching registered nurses who were doing a part-time degree course. The class was from 17h30 to 20h30 after an eight-hour working day. Would it not be simpler to flip the classroom for some of the classes. Would that not suit the students better and adapt the leaning to their needs and make it easier for them to cope.. Do we always have to be the “sage on the stage” why can’t we be the “guide on the side”. I am just completing an online master’s in Nursing Education. My lecturers (guides on the side) have facilitated simultaneous independent and collaborative learning experiences with weekly online discussion groups. Field experiences are shared with Powerpoint presentations for all to learn by.
    Andy and Jerome I enjoyed your posts. I think that the blended approach is the way to go. Putting students in a class with a lecturer does not mean that teaching and learning is taking place. Andy: how about these marketing students albeit schoolchildren using storytelling by the compilation of digital stories to as you say “build their understanding on their own experiences of marketing (advertising, merchandising, product packaging) and it is essential to hear what they have to say and watch the expressions on their faces as the discussion proceeds”.
    The software is freely available and is easy to learn. Providing they follow basic copyright rules with obtaining images and music etc they can post their stories on Youtube and obtain a world audience. Then you will be able to see their smiling faces. My students use their cell phones to capture their images, record videos and record their voices for the musical background. They are educationally disadvantaged and come from very poor backgrounds but they all have cell phones and spend many hours using social media. So…. I embrace it and use it as part of their learning experience. They evaluate each others Digital stories by means of a rubric as well as assessing each other on how they worked as a group. I think the students will still come to class if we adopt the blended approach providing we vary the technology and cater for the different learning styles of the students.

    Hilary

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    Gabriel, your comparison, I suspect is not quite the same, though still interesting given the Mail and Guardian survey. The difference as I see it is the difference between need and motivation. People need to go to banks and hospitals. That need provides a motivation for the action. Does the presence of an f2f session provide a need? If not, does the motivation exist? Going to a shopping mall is based on an intrinsic motivation. Is an f2f session the same?

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