Blended Learning in UPC Part of Building a Strategic Approach across the Colleges Introduction
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Blended Learning in UPC
Part of Building a Strategic Approach across the Colleges
This small scale project is part of a wider project in the Colleges aimed at raising levels of awareness, examining levels of engagement and activity and identifying how blended learning might be supported in terms of training and development.
UoP Portal vs. local college VLE
The UPC eLearning strategy states that;
“Staff will be encouraged to place learning materials on the UoP portal”.
However, since September 2005 many colleges have set up their own VLE systems which has led to confusion for staff.
“I feel very much pushed from pillar to post
re. the college VLE and the UoP portal and
which is more important”.
UoP Student Portal
Some programmes not using any form of online teaching
resources, not even basic support.
Students expressed a desire for more online learning resources
and those who did not have any current provision wanted some.
“I don’t think we have anything but I would love it.
It sounds fantastic”
Students felt staff needed more training in order to dispel fears and learn to develop materials
Few students had received any formal training on either the VLE or the portal
Cornwall College’s example of a VLE system
Levels of engagement varied but most staff just posted materials such as handouts, and PowerPoint lectures and notes.
Almost all staff respondents wanted to develop more blended learning materials but did not have the time or the expertise.
Staff development provision and time made available
to enable the innovation of interactive materials to enhance student learning.
E-learning strategy review should allow staff to choose which online vehicle is most suited to their needs.
Students require formal training to ease accessibility to resources on both the student portal and their college VLE.
For further information contact::
Julie Johns, UPC e- Learning coordinator
Barry Smith, HELP community of practice leader
Julia Dawson HELP Research Fellow
Our web address is: www.help-cetl.ac.uk