“Will it Blend? Insights into blending university courses”
By Prof. Pedro Isaias, Information Systems & Technology Management School,
Blended learning approaches are thriving within the higher education sector mainly for their promise of providing students with the best of both worlds: face-to-face education and online learning. The deployment of blended learning initiatives is commonly associated with an enhanced student experience that results from a wider access to learning resources, improved interactivity and collaboration, increased engagement and motivation, and greater control over their own learning. As a growing number of higher education institutions revise their course offerings to provide their students with blended learning opportunities, it is fundamental to examine how these opportunities can be accomplished and to what effect. This keynote presentation addresses the benefits and challenges of blending a course, alternative platforms and technologies that can be used and also how to evaluate the whole process. Key aspects to consider include guaranteeing a user-friendly interface, promoting active learning activities both online and on campus, safeguarding a flexible access to the activities and warranting the clear communication of the expected outcomes and assessment requirements throughout the process.