Blended learning to support internationalisation low impact approach

A low-impact approach is where an online activity is added to an existing module. The table below provides some example activities and highlights the technology skills you’ll need to meet common challenges when meeting requirements of a diverse student body including international students.

Don’t try to implement all of the solutions listed below or you will end up with a very bloated course. Pick a couple of solutions that meet your particular challenges. If you have already implemented a number of low-impact  activities into your module consider adopting a  medium-impact approach  to identify which activities work best online and which activities they should replace in a face-to-face environment.

 Improving socialisation for international students

The transition to an overseas university is often challenging for international students. They may feel homesick or find it stressful dealing with a new culture, environment, climate, using a non-native language and the expectations of studying in a different country. Making friends and building and sustaining relationships may be difficult.

Solution

Technology skills required

Tips

Set up time required

Online ice-breaker forum activity to encourage socialisation. This helps the group to work together to form an online community and helps participants feel comfortable conversing online.

Online forums to allow students who are uncomfortable with, or unable to participate in, synchronous communication to participate in the discussion.

Moodle Forum

Provide information for students on how to switch off their Forum subscriptions so that they are not overwhelmed with emails.

Ensure students are subscribed to forum.

1 week to set up and time required to moderate.

Online tutorial group forum activity to encourage students to work together.

Moodle Forum

Provide information for students on how to switch off their Forum subscriptions so that they are not overwhelmed with emails.

Ensure students are subscribed to forum.

1 week to set up and time required to moderate.

Online buddy system to help develop friendships.

Moodle Forum restricted to pairs

Ensure students are subscribed to forum.

Knowledge of setting up groups and restrict access in Moodle.

1 week to set up and time required to moderate.

Virtual classroom for social inclusion. The chat activity module enables participants to have text-based, real-time synchronous discussions.

Moodle Chat activity

The chat may be a one-time activity or it may be repeated at the same time each day or each week. Chat sessions are saved and can be made available for everyone to view or restricted to users with the capability to view chat session logs.

1 week to set up and time required to moderate.

 Provide opportunities for revision and consolidation

Some international students can struggle to participate in face-to-face lectures, you might find it useful to provide supplementary revision and consolidation activities online.


Solution

Technology skills required

Tips

Set up time required

Formative Quizzes where students can test their own knowledge and learn from the feedback.

Moodle Quiz

Ensure feedback is set to appear as soon as students submit their answers and that they can submit as many times as they need.  Provide meaningful feedback for correct and incorrect answers.

2  weeks

Lecture capture to record lectures and allow students to watch them back in their own time for revision purposes.

Request Lecture Capture. Lecture Capture is available to students via the Module Dashboard.

Ensure lecture room is lecture capture enabled. If not, request Echo on own laptop and request training on personal capture.

1 hour for initial set up

Short screencasts of key issues.

Video Resources

Use to demonstrate key points. Keep short.

1 week per recording.

 Assessing diverse student groups
With a diverse student body it is important to set expectations around assessment.


Solution

Technology skills required

Tips

Set up time required

Provide opportunities for students to discuss assessment criteria using Discussion Forum.

Moodle Forum

Allow students to select from a list of times. Keep to these times.

2 weeks to set up then time for tutorials.

Provide model answers to give students an overview of what is expected in the assessment.Moodle resource (PDF or Page)  or Video
Consider adding audio to your model answer using the Moodle Video Resource.

Provide opportunities for students to test their understanding of academic referencing through the use of formative quizzes.

Moodle Quiz

Ensure feedback to set to appear as soon as students submit their answers and they can submit as many times as they. Provide meaningful feedback for correct and incorrect answers.

2 - 4 weeks

Create opportunities for students to submit formative assessments to Turnitin so they can see the originality reports and improve their referencing skills.

Turnitin

Ensure that students know that they do not have access to the originality reports for final assessments, only practice assessments. To ensure that students are comfortable in interpreting their originality reports you might want to provide guidance online or facilitate and in-class discussion on academic referencing.

1 month

Provide opportunities for group work that require cross-cultural engagement in order to complete the activity (Higher Education Academy, n.d.)Use Moodle's collaborative tools (Forum, Wiki, Chat) to facilitate the progress of the group work so that each student's participation in the group work is clear.You can use participation on the online collaboration tools to agree grade for each student's contribution to the group work.3 months
Put students into small groups or pairs and encourage them to comment on eachother’s ideas and work. Peer assessment opportunities can help students to gain a better understanding of the assessment criteria.Moodle Forums with groups.

Ensure students are subscribed to forum.

2 - 4 weeks

Next steps

Click on the link below to what resources are available to support you? to find how you can use this resource to develop your low-impact approach and what other resources are available to support you.

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