Higher Education Academy Annual Conference 2018

We have made our first plan for dissemination of the project: running a workshop at the HEA Annual Conference next July

https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/training-events/hea-annual-conference-2018-teaching-spotlight-learning-global-communities

Our proposal has been submitted and we are awaiting feedback:

Student engagement with active blended learning (ABL): How to ensure the dog doesn’t eat their homework

The workshop aims to explore strategies to engage students with ABL.  A key feature of ABL is the expectation for students to undertake work outside of class, and be actively involved in face to face and online learning. Despite a wealth of pedagogical theory and research supporting this approach, anxieties about student non-engagement remain. During the workshop, participants will review examples of ABL activities and discuss features that may promote or discourage engagement. The emphasis will be looking at things from the learners’ perspective, and using participants’ own experiences as learners to identify good practice in ABL design.

Second project meeting

The project team met on Wednesday (6th Dec) to review the proposed workshop plan. The learning materials and activities for the student workshop have been developed, and it was important to look at them together to see if they were suitable for achieving the learning outcomes

The workshop will run in an ABL format, with some pre-activities for students to complete (measuring their initial knowledge and confidence with ABL), and follow-up activity (post measures to measure any changes). The face to face workshop will be interactive, involving a mix of content, discussion tasks and online activities to model the ABL approach. 

The next stage will be applying for ethical approval for the research elements/data collection aspects of the project, and then developing a marketing approach for recruiting students to the workshop.