Using Blended Learning as a Delivery Model for In-house Staff Language Courses
Tuesday, October 9 2:10-2:30 PM Location: Salon 4
Presider: Wan Ng, University of New South Wales, Australia
Abstract: At the request of the Human Resource department, the delivery format of a second language program offered to university staff was reviewed to accommodate employees’ scheduling constraints. A blended learning model was adopted that resulted in reduced face-to-face time and the use of alternate means of instruction. Besides in-class sessions, the new teaching strategy includes self-directed, web-based activities as well as synchronous online discussions. This session will present the various teaching components of the courses, an overview of the technologies used for delivery and preliminary results following the evaluation of the first two terms. It will also provide a review of the challenges encountered during the design and deployment of this new program, from pedagogical, technical and administrative standpoints.