It is interesting how people pick up the ideas and start to use them. After my presentation in KL, recently I found this article written by Theo about the ideas that we expressed:
Blended learning for adult learnersTHE rise of blended learning in tertiary education, in which face-to-face instruction is complemented by online components, is an acknowledgement of the rise of the non-traditional tertiary student.
While a large segment of blended learning students fall in the K-12 category, adult learners are also taking to “digitally assisted curriculum” which picked up pace in the late 90s, thanks to the internet, and today, mobile technology.
“Blended learning recognises the importance of catering to different students in increasingly different contexts,” says Swinburne University of Technology (Sarawak Campus) deputy vice-chancellor Prof Janet Gregory at the inaugural Victoria-Southeast Asia Higher Education Forum held recently in Kuala Lumpur.
“Online students are busy people. They are not school leavers. They are predominantly adults with jobs, families, commitments and they require flexibility in their part-time learning,” says Online Education Services (OES), Australia director of strategy Dr Kay Lipson, whose centre is a partnership between SEEK.com.au, Australia’s top job site, and Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia.
OES launched Swinburne Online in 2011, an online campus which today offers 21 undergraduate and postgraduate university courses and five TAFE courses to over 8,000 students.
Learning is entirely web-based and students are also provided with online support and social spaces to interact and engage with each other for the optimal student experience.
UNITAR International University, for example, rolled out its education management system, UNITAR Education Core (UNIEC), in this fashion. It is a student-centred learning experience where the entire university ecosystem, from the facilities to the faculty and management, serves to support the student Through UNIEC, students can access their enrolment, timetables, exam results, lecture materials and more.
“To deliver a more different and ultimately better student learning experience, we use a lot of technology to engage students in their activities,” says Monash College, Australia associate director E-Learning Dr Kulari Lokege-Dona.
But technology is, by itself, not always the answer to a better student learning experience, as private tertiary institution Kaplan Singapore found to be the case during the implementation of its blended curriculum project.
“There are a lot of considerations. You can’t look at Powerpoint slides on a smartphone on the MRT, for example.
“And it’s hard to blend straight-laced subjects like accounting,” says Kaplan Singapore School of Diploma Studies head
Christopher Harris, who has led such a project for the past four years.
After two blended trial curriculums, it was found that a 75/25 split between the physical and virtual classroom, where modular teaching includes quality video content and interactive activities, led to better pass rates among students.
Read more @ http://www.thestar.com.my/news/education/2016/11/06/blended-learning-for-adult-learners/