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"The Power of the Model: One Step towards Developing Blended Learning Courses in Higher Education" icon

The Power of the Model: One Step towards Developing Blended Learning Courses in Higher Education

Online teaching and learning in higher education has been growing rapidly over the past decade. However, many of the teaching staff at higher education institutions are wary of this new direction and loath to take the plunge and start using it in their classrooms. This article suggests a practical way of helping these teachers by presenting them with a model mapping out online teaching tools in an easy to understand manner, followed by a 6-step process which would allow teachers to determine which combination of the aforementioned tools would best serve their particular class, with an emphasis on blended learning of different types. The article ends with a description of how this process was implemented in one class in a teacher education college in Israel, inviting other teachers around the world to try it out for themselves. La enseñanza y aprendizaje online en la educación superior ha crecido rápidamente durante la última década. Sin embargo, gran parte del personal docente en instituciones de educación superior se resiste a esta nueva dirección y es reacio a dar el paso y a usarla en sus clases. Este artículo sugiere una manera práctica de ayudar a esos profesores, con un modelo de asignación de herramientas de enseñanza online fácil de entender, seguido de un proceso de 6 pasos que permite a los profesores determinar qué combinación de las herramientas mencionadas servirá mejor, con énfasis en el aprendizaje combinado de los diferentes tipos. El artículo termina con una descripción de cómo este proceso se llevó a cabo en una clase en un colegio de formación docente en Israel, invitando a profesores de todo el mundo a intentarlo por sí mismos.


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