Addressing the Skills and Competencies for technology enhanced blended and distance learning
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The University has recently invested in a new Digital Learning Environment (DLE) for which it has developed a set of criteria to meet a definition of e-Supported learning. This will ensure that all modules meet a minimum requirement for offering students online access to a range of optional resources, informal learning and assessment opportunities. The relevant staff development, training, use cases and exemplars are being developed as part of the existing DLE project.
This project proposes that two further categories be developed. Blended Learning will be where module-based online learning is regarded as a ‘mandatory’ component of face-to-face delivery with all students expected to participate, and Distance Learning where all teaching and learning will be online. There is little institutional experience of embedding these into programmes and supporting and delivering by these means.
The aim of this project will be to provide a clear mapping of the skills and competencies required by academic staff for them to be capable of delivering learning using these new techniques.
The achieve this aim, the objectives of this project will be to: 1. Audit current catalogue of UG and PG modules to identify existing Blended and Distance Learning 2. Define suitable pedagogic approaches to support Blended and Distance Learning 3. Identify appropriate skills and competencies required to deliver Blended and Distance Learning 4. Propose appropriate professional development opportunities to deliver identified skills and competencies
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