Blended Learning to support internationalisation

As UK universities are seeing an increase in student numbers and a more diverse student body, this resource supports staff in finding effective ways to introduce blended learning to meet the needs of international students. Many international students see online environments as a perfect opportunity to engage with fellow students as they can give consideration to their peer’s comments and critiques without having to respond immediately as they would in a lecture or tutorial (McCarthy, 2010).

Select which approach suits your requirements for some suggestions on how you can adopt a blended approach to meet the challenges of supporting internationalisation.

  • I need a quick, easy and low risk way to integrate educational technology to meet a specific challenge on the module: Low-impact approach

  • I have confidence in changing my teaching approach and am confident in using educational technology or have time to attend training sessions and have 3-6 months to implement a change: Medium-impact approach

  • I am developing a blended module from the outset or redesigning a face-to-face module as a blended learning module and have 6-12 months for the development of the module: High-impact approach

References

  • McCarthy, J. (2010) ‘Blended learning environments: Using social networking sites to enhance the first year experience’ in Australasian Journal of Educational Technology 2010, 26(6), 729-740. [online]. Available from:  http://www.ascilite.org.au/ajet/ajet26/mccarthy.html (Accessed: 16.03.15)