Blended Learning goes Massive

We’re excited to tell you about a great opportunity to boost your learning technology skills and ideas. Introducing the Blended Learning Essentials MOOC.

Er… the what?

The Blended Learning Essentials MOOC is a 5-week online course starting Nov 2nd, focused on pedagogy and technology.

What’s it about?

In their words, by the end of the course you will be able to:

  • use a range of effective blended learning practices and pedagogies to improve your learners’ experience and attainment
  • understand how the many free and affordable technologies now available can enhance teaching and learning, and
  • approach new technologies with confidence, designing a pedagogical approach to make the best use of these tools

So what’s a MOOC?

A MOOC, or Massive Open Online Course, is delivered typically through interactive online video, is open and free to anyone, and sometimes taken by hundreds of thousands of students at the same time all around the world.

The course already has 5,000 teachers in FE signed up, and we’d like as many of Sussex Downs College to take part.

Breakfast anyone?

To answer any queries arising during the course, the LTI team will be hosting breakfast and/or twilight sessions at the Eastbourne and Lewes campuses during the course.  These will provide a chance to discuss what you’ve learned, ask questions about what you’re not so sure about, and share your ideas for how you plan to use blended learning in your practice.

Campus Room Date Time Discussion
Eastbourne LTC, A Level Centre Tue 10/11/15 17.00-17.30 Week 1 content
Lewes 226, Cliffe Building Wed 11/11/15 13.30-14.00 Week 1 content
Lewes 226, Cliffe Building Tue 24/11/15 17.00-17.30 Week 2 & 3 content
Eastbourne LTC, A Level Centre Wed 25/11/15 08.15-08.45 Week 2 & 3 content
Eastbourne LTC, A Level Centre Tue 08/12/15 17.00-18.00 Week 4 & 5 content
Lewes 226, Cliffe Building Wed 09/12/15 17.00-18.00 Week 4 & 5 content

Tell us you’re attending here.

Flat out?

Remember, if you’re stretched for time right now, there’s no harm in signing up and then reviewing the material in your own time, at a later date.

So in case you missed it, here’s the link. And tell us you’ve signed up here.

(not so) Secret Agents

Last week we ended briefly mentioning our new Digital Agents initiative that we’re hoping to launch. But what is a digital agent?

The way we envision this program is as a way to draw students into the innovation and integration part of learning tech. These students, or College Digital Agents – CoDAs as we’ve taken to calling them will come from all across the wider college. We want a broad range of students from all disciplines and interests, not just those already with a strong knowledge of technology.

They will provide student feedback, telling us how we’re doing at integrating technology. They’ll explore how to develop and improve its use, suggest new approaches and give us other students views on them.

Currently the idea is being pitched to this year’s Student Executive and we’re excitedly waiting on their feedback. Watch this space to find out more.


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