28 May 2018 • Gideon Wille
Educational advisors at the Blended Learning Desk answer your questions
Blended learning? Does that have something to do with video? Many of us associate blended learning with tools like video, but it actually involves a lot more. It’s about designing education in which online and offline learning activities are cohesive. Digital tools play an important role in this, but it’s more important to know what you want to achieve with blended learning. The Blended Learning Desk helps you answer this and other questions.
Educational advisors, IJsbrand Hoetjes and Joyce Dekens, know very well that blended learning raises all sorts of questions. To help with solutions, they are available at the Blended Learning Desk on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. IJsbrand: ‘We have open office hours from 11.00 am to 1.00 pm at the Front Office FZ/IT. We can directly help lecturers or find them the right organisation for support. We have a direct line to The Hague Centre for Teaching and Learning that provides group training activities. We also help lecturers formulate their questions. DLO support colleagues are also available at the desk to provide Blackboard support.
Blended Learning at THUAS
The Hague University of Applied Sciences has developed its own concept of blended learning. The THUAS Blend, based on three starting points. The first and most important point is that digital technology should help lecturers free up more time in their curriculum. They can then use this time to have more contact with students, more one-on-one supervision or individual students in small groups.
A team effort
The second starting point is to use teams to implement blended learning. After all, it will take time to establish blended learning as a new teaching method. You can divide the tasks over a team. Moreover, the effectiveness of the team effort is greater. It is also important for the team to have consensus about blended learning and to develop its own concept of how they will implement blended learning.
Our own tools
Thirdly, we’ll be doing this only with the tools we already have. IJsbrand: ‘There is an incredible number of tools on the market, but it is better if the lecturers make use of our tools because the necessary support they may need is close at hand. Also because these tools are better secured due to privacy.’
Ten tips voor succesvol blended learning
- Do it with a goal: first think about what you want to achieve with blended learning and always keep your eye on that goal.
- Do it together: cooperating with your colleagues can deliver more so always involve them early.
- Do it safely: think about privacy, cybersecurity and copyrights. Use the tools that we have in-house.
- Do borrow: The De Haagse Blend site is full of good practices from lecturers who have already begun blended learning and more great tips.
- Do ask for help: come by the Blended Learning Desk when you need help. The advisors and support desk can assist you further.
- Do keep it simple: start small with one tool or lesson and expand from there. Do not be afraid to experiment.
- Do take your time: developing blended learning takes time so start well in advance.
- Do test the technique: test well in advance with colleagues or students to see if it works.
- Do it in phases: if you want to implement blended learning on a larger scale, do it in manageable steps.
- Do keep it up: blended learning needs getting used to for both lecturers and students. Do not get discouraged if it doesn’t got well at first. Evaluate and adjust your design.
IJsbrand Hoetjes and Joyce Dekens answer all your questions about blended learning.