ERIC Number: EJ1035007
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Patterns and Principles for Blended Synchronous Learning: Engaging Remote and Face-to-Face Learners in Rich-Media Real-Time Collaborative Activities
Bower, Matt; Kenney, Jacqueline; Dalgarno, Barney; Lee, Mark J. W.; Kennedy, Gregor E.
Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, v30 n3 p261-272 2014
Blended synchronous learning involves using rich-media technologies to enable remote and face-to-face students to jointly participate in the same live classes. This article presents blended synchronous learning designs from seven case studies that were part of a project funded by the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching and articulates principles for implementation as espoused by the teachers who enacted them. A wide range of technologies (including video conferencing, web conferencing and virtual worlds), tasks (namely collaborative evaluation, group questioning, class discussion, problem solving and collaborative design) and levels of student interaction (from lightweight to tightly coupled) were present within the designs. The main issues that teachers confronted when facilitating blended synchronous lessons were those relating to communication and those relating to cognitive overload caused by split attention. Key pedagogical principles for enactment as identified by the lead teachers included the need for extensive preparation, clear instructions, composure, flexibility, advance preparation of students and savvy utilisation of support staff.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Technology, Teaching Methods, Blended Learning, Synchronous Communication, Distance Education, Cooperative Learning, Technology Uses in Education, Videoconferencing, Computer Mediated Communication, Computer Simulation, Interviews, Focus Groups, Observation, Evaluation Methods, Problem Solving, Lecture Method, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Teacher Education, Surveys, College Faculty, College Students, Attitude Measures, Case Studies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; New Zealand