7 March 2019, 12:00 - 14:00
Many innovations in higher education have involved technology. You will undoubtedly be using Canvas, as well as synchronous platforms to foster real-time communication (chat rooms or web conferencing) in addition to asynchronous tools (email or discussion forums) to promote non-simultaneous communication.
In this seminar, Centre for Innovation in Higher Education PhD students Deborah McMillan and Maddy Redmond will introduce the concept of Blended Synchronous Learning (BSL) – a new way of approaching synchronous communication which can be used to connect people across physical and virtual worlds. It connects students who are physically present in the teaching session with those who are not physically present. Students in this latter group participate remotely via avatars in a three-dimensional virtual world.
They will outline the potential of BSL in bringing together remote and face to face learners to develop skills relating to employability, such as collaboration. They will also give an overview of their doctoral research, which explores the use of Canvas to engage students while studying off campus during directed independent learning and the use of Team Based Learning in fostering employability skills.
Lunch will be served at 12pm with the seminar starting at 12.30pm.