Moodle Blended Learning Tips

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Blended learning is getting a lot of attention in the training and educational communities, but it seems that a lot of people are less than familiar with what it really means. Many assume that itbs simply retaining the traditional classroom and lecture methodology, while tacking on some gamification and social activity as homework or additional processes not core to the grading and educational model. This isnbt the case, as just tacking those on, without making them integral kind of renders them moot. But, today, Ibll demonstrate what blended learning really is, and show the benefits it stands to offer, by walking you through some of the finer points of Moodle blended learning strategy.

But, before we get into how Moodle helps to make this work, letbs actually talk briefly about why blended learning (in its true form) is getting attention. Traditional educational models donbt really work as well as people might think. Note that this model, used in public education and higher collegiate learning, has limited effectiveness. A majority of students hate having to endure it, and only complete courses within set standards of success out of pressure and a desire to be done with it. Aside from the subject matter that aligns with a future theybve chosen to pursue, how much of that information do they retain later in life? Not much, usually b&

So, a new approach to learning that brings in engagement, a sense of agency and honest fun, shedding the tedium of lectures, tests and drilling activities, is very necessary if we want education to be valued both in scholastic life and in corporate training down the line.

So, letbs look at how a Moodle blended learning approach might work. We know that Moodle is an online learning system, allowing a multitude of approaches to teaching, from live lectures to recorded video, multimedia courses, social activities and everything in between. With its open source nature, a variety of plugins and extensions, and the inherent flexibility it has out of the box, creating a blended learning environment isnbt at all difficult.

For example, a simple live stream lecture of maybe five minutes (or a recorded one) to introduce material can be provided. Students will watch it, and then be encouraged to work through additional material that fleshes this out, socially over a social network, forums, live chat or any number of integrated communications mediums. The teacher(s) can then check in, and intervene as guides rather than taskmasters.

In order to test the learning after the social discussion and mutual guidance through, a modification of the grading system, or a scripted test, or the use of a specific gamification extension can be used to make the tests not a time of judgment and drilling, but any number of social games that test the participants as a unit and as individuals through gaming scores, rather than rigid, unrewarding letter grades.

This kind of blended learning approach removes the pressure of tedious lectures, time consuming homework and the sense of being alone in a crowd, which classrooms present.

Along with this, Moodle blended learning strategies like this, and all I did was give you a basic example b far more intricate and impressive things can be pointed out had I the room and time here, make education fun, a social experience that engages the users and challenges them not to conform to rigorous standards, but to succeed and enjoy themselves while doing so.
 

Nicole Lewis is the Lead Author & Editor of MyLMStips. MyLMStips is dedicated to providing the most engaging topics, information, tips and tricks surrounding Moodle®. It's a place where Moodle® users can receive guidance on how to get the most out of it and increase their productivity and progress.