Blended learning to support retention high impact approach

A high-impact approach is where you develop a blended module/programme from the outset or plan on redesigning a face-to-face module as a blended learning module to maximise the benefits of face-to-face and online delivery. When developing a high-impact approach to support retention you might want to explore how you can most effectively use face-to-face time to support students and use the online elements to provide staff with “an early warning mechanism for non-engagement” (Hughes, 2007, p.352). When looking at high-impact approaches to support retention it is useful to apply these at a programme level so that the programme is consistent.

Considerations for a high-impact approach

Follow the University guidanceIf you are designing or redesigning a module or programme you will need to follow the University's guidance on programme development, amendments and approvals.
Get feedback from studentsIf you are making substantial changes to your module such as changing the number of face-to-face contact hours get feedback from your current students.
Decide how best to deliver your learning outcomesA high-impact approach starts with an exploration of your learning outcomes to decide how your outcomes can be best delivered and assessed.
Consider your assessment A high-impact approach is likely to include a change to assessment and it might also lead to a reduction in your face-to-face time. These changes will be subject to the Programme Amendments Policy.
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  • Hughes, G. (2007) ‘Using blended learning to increase learner support and improve retention’ in Teaching in Higher Education Vol. 12, No. 3, June 2007, pp. 349 363.

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