Blended Learning and Online Tutoring: Planning Learner Support and Activity Design

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Gower Publishing, Ltd., 2008 - Business & Economics - 203 pages
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Blended learning provides the flexibility to accommodate the varied requirements of pedagogies, disciplines and levels of course, together with the needs of a wide variety of learners. However, anyone concerned with the integration of online tutoring to support students appropriately may need to reassess current practice. This book adopts a pragmatic and common-sense approach to blended learning by situating the use of online media within a well-grounded teaching and learning strategy. It provides practical ideas for the successful implementation of blended strategies, including good practice in both asynchronous and synchronous tutoring, appropriate assessment design for developing successful blended learners, and innovative approaches to professional development for distance tutors. It is illustrated with a wide variety of examples and comments from students and practitioners in both distance and campus-based environments in 13 different countries. Since the first edition was published in 2006, there has been great interest in Web 2.0 technologies and their potential for use in an educational environment. This second edition has therefore incorporated many new examples of good practice, making use of a combination of tried and tested tools as well as blogs and wikis for supporting students. There has also been a recent rise in the use of activity-based learning and interest in its potential for supporting students in distance and online environments. The new edition incorporates many new exemplars of learning activity design in Part Three, to illustrate approaches to the development of critical, independent learners.
 

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Contents

Reflecting on Present Practice
11
1 SOLACE log showing a weeks activities with tutorial
13
TutorsPerceptions of Effective Intervention
21
1 Comparing media and communication
27
1 Components of blended learning
34
1 Pragmatic concerns on the adoption of blended learning
41
Blended Learning and Pedagogy
45
Pedagogy meets pragmatism
51
1 The learners experience of elearning
113
1 Orientations to study
118
Course Design for Blended Learning
123
1 An example of a study schedule
126
1 Example learning contract
127
Developing EInvestigators
135
1 Plagiarism Summary of good practice recommendations
145
Developing EWriters
149

1 The functions of asynchronous tools
58
1 Use of a wiki for alumni support on an Open University
73
3 Models of asynchronous support
76
1 The functions of synchronous tools
90
1 Online synchronous tools for teaching languages
95
Online Synchronous
103
Developing ECommunicators and Collaborators
161
Staff Development for Blended Learning
177
1 Categories of online staff forum
185
Blended Learning Case Studies
189
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Dr Janet MacDonald was Learning and Teaching Coordinator for the Open University in Scotland, with particular responsibility for blended e-learning and tutor-mediated support. She has first hand experience of being both a distance student and tutor, and now provides both online and face-to-face staff development for others, including a course for online moderators. Her doctorate was on online course design and assessment, and she has directed a variety of studies in this area, most recently in the area of appropriate blended strategies for supporting students.

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