Mini-session: 7 Best Face-to-Face Teaching Practices in Blended Learning Environments
July 13, 2011 1 Comment
Dan Lim & Jinyuan Tao from Florida College of Health Sciences
In the transition from traditional teaching to the blended environment, some instructors succeed, but some fail. Here are the seven best practices as discovered and used by Florida College of Health Sciences.
Best Practice 1: Integrate Laptops into Teaching & Learning
Faculty use their campus laptops, and students are required to have a laptop. Beginning in the Fall of 2011, all students at their college new or returning must bring a laptop. In the first class, they take a quiz to let their instructor know the make, model, operating system, etc… of their laptop. They learned in the past few semesters that even though students bring all kinds of different laptops with them, the support was not as difficult as imagined.
Best Practice 2: Design Interactive Games to Mitigate Challenging Content Learning
Best Practice 3: Administer short quizzes to ensure reading prior to live lectures
Best Practice 4: Conduct Additional Face-to-Face Lectures to Review Challenging Content
Best Practice 5: Implement the Classroom Response System (Clickers) to Give Practice Questions
Clickers became popular quickly, and they have turned to virtual clickers.
Best Practice 6: Divide Students into Groups to Work on Case Studies and Scenarios to Reinforce Content Learning
Be sure to cater to different modes of learning and try not to over use case studies or group work to keep your students engaged.
Best Practice 7: Archive Key Classroom Lectures and Expand to Mobile Learning
This was an enlightening session for me – I do believe that some of these best practices may work well for this particular college because of the content in the health sciences; the need for students to learn a lot of vocabulary and content that can easily be quizzed and lends itself to the use of clickers and so forth. Since my focus at GRCC is to help faculty develop fully online courses, I know that there is another set of best practices for faculty who are teaching fully online. Learning the culture of teaching and learning at GRCC and how to help faculty transition to the online environment will be an exciting adventure.