Help or Hindrance: Blended approaches and student engagement
This project sought to identify effective strategies that teachers can use within a blended learning environment to enhance learner engagement and achievement. A mixed-method approach was used to collect and analyse data. In total, 541 participants from two North Island universities participated in this project.
Ten effective engagement strategies were identified, covering engagement at the beginning of a course, during a course, and re-engaging learners.From the project findings, five conclusions were reached:
- The quality of learning depends on the depth of student engagement in the learning process.
- The systematic application of all 10 engagement strategies identified in this study give teachers the best chance of achieving high levels of student engagement.
- The skills and effort that teachers apply to create learning experiences is the single most important determinant of the quality of the learning environment.
- Teachers are time-poor and lack adequate technical support and training in pedagogical principles.
- Blended learning can make a difference.
This project was launched at ASCILITE 2012
Student Engagement Toolbox
The toolbox contains strategies, tools and examples that can be used when designing blended learning courses.
The toolbox was designed as a wiki to encourage teachers to add their own tools and strategies for other teachers www.teachertoolbox.ac.nz
- staff and managers involved in blended learning
- senior managers and leaders
- educators interested in student engagement
- Dr Lynn Jeffrey (Contact Project Leader), Massey University
- John Milne, Massey University
- Andrew Higgins, AUT University
- Alison Holmes, University of Canterbury
- Keith Comer, University of Canterbury
- Gordon Suddaby, Massey University
- (the late) Dr Mark Laws, Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi
$140,777 GST exc.
- Jeffrey, L. M., Milne, J., Suddaby, G., & Higgins, A. (2012). Help or Hindrance: Blended Approaches and Student Engagement. Wellington: Ako Aotearoa
- Jeffrey, L. M., Milne, J., Suddaby, G., & Higgins, A. (2012). Strategies for Engaging Learners in a Blended Environment. Wellington: Ako Aotearoa
- Jeffrey, L. & Milne, J. (2013 July) Student engagement in a blended environment. Presentation at the Higher Education and Research Development Society of Australasia (HERSDA) Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.