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ERIC Number: EJ1016173
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0318-9090
Using Blended Learning as an Innovative Delivery Model for an In-House Language Program
Gadbois, Manon; Quildon, Denise
Canadian Journal of University Continuing Education, v39 n2 Fall 2013
This paper reports on the development and implementation in 2012 of McGill University's French at Work program for McGill employees, using a blended learning model. The program is an example of how a reduction in face-to-face teaching presents one solution to employees' scheduling constraints and how this model might offer suggestions for the development of similar programs in a higher education setting. McGill University's "French at Work" program welcomes a diverse participant body from different faculties and service groups. Created in response to decreasing enrolment and higher levels of absenteeism, the authors report that interdepartmental collaboration and a complete course redesign, along pre-established professional themes, were required in its development. Using the University's Learning Management System (Desire2Learn) the course incorporates in-class sessions, self-directed, web-based activities as well as synchronous and asynchronous online discussions employing Microsoft Lync. A subsequent increase in registration and retention rates strongly suggests the program answers a real need for professional development in French as a second language within McGill University through innovative use of certain technologies. (Contains 2 tables and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Adult Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada (Montreal)
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