Blended Learning is a combination of face-to-face and online learning. In Blended Learning we look at how ICT applications can be used alongside traditional teaching methods to stimulate students to engage more actively with the learning materials. This may require students to work individually or in small or larger groups. Examples of Blended Learning include online assignments, interim tests, discussion forums and posting videos.
Integrating ICT in teaching
Using ICT resources optimally means integrating them fully in your teaching activities. This requires taking the time in the preparatory phase to think about how ICT can supplement and facilitate learning activities. Blended Learning is part of the design phase of teaching, and it is based on the education triangle. This means that learning objectives, teaching methods and assessments should all be mutually reinforcing.
The Flipped Classroom is an example of Blended Learning. In a flipped classroom, students are expected to prepare the learning content themselves. This can be done via a web lecture, a video or some other form of online instruction. The contact hours are used to work actively on assignments. A flipped classroom focuses on connecting the contact hours to the students’ online preparation.
The idea is not new. Tutorials and practicals are also based on the idea that students prepare the materials independently. The flipped classroom focuses on how this preparation can be further enhanced using technology.
How to get started with Blended Learning?
The Leiden University ICTO programme is currently working on a large-scale Blended Learning project. This project aims to implement the Blended Learning principles in three large study programmes (International Studies, Psychology, and Law). If you are interested in Blended Learning, please contact your ICT & Education coordinator.