Blended synchronous learning: patterns and principles for simultaneously engaging co-located and distributed learners

Matt Bower*, Jacqueline Kenney, Barney Dalgarno, Mark J W Lee, Gregor E. Kennedy

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    Abstract

    This paper presents seven blended synchronous learning designs and articulates principles for implementation as espoused by the teachers who enacted them. Blended synchronous learning approaches use media-rich synchronous technologies to enable remote and face-to-face students to co-participate in the same live classes. A wide range of technologies (video conferencing, web conferencing, virtual worlds), tasks (collaborative evaluation, group questioning, class discussion, problem solving, collaborative design) and levels of student interaction (from lightweight to tightly coupled) were present within the blended synchronous learning designs. The main issues that teachers confronted when teaching blended synchronous lessons were communication issues and issues related 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. These findings represent initial results from an Office of Learning and Teaching project entitled ‘Blended synchronicity: Uniting on-campus and distributed learners using media-rich real-time collaboration tools’ (further details available at http://www.blendsync.org/).

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationElectric Dreams
    Subtitle of host publication30th Ascilite Conference 2013 Proceedings
    EditorsH. Carter, M. Gosper, J. Hedberg
    Place of PublicationNorth Ryde, NSW
    PublisherMacquarie University
    Pages92-102
    Number of pages11
    ISBN (Electronic)9781741384031
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    Event30th Annual conference on Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education, ASCILITE 2013 - Sydney, Australia
    Duration: 1 Dec 20134 Dec 2013

    Other

    Other30th Annual conference on Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education, ASCILITE 2013
    CountryAustralia
    CitySydney
    Period1/12/134/12/13

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