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Blended learning

Blended learning means that a course mixes learning activities on campus with activities in a digital learning environment (online). Read more about how you can blend your course and about the support given to KTH's teachers.

What is blended learning?

A course that applies blended learning is a course in which activities are carried out in both the physical and the digital learning environment.

Learning activities can, for example, mean that the students can participate in a seminar or carrying out laboratory work on campus, while also participating in a discussion forum in the Learning Management System Canvas, watching a video, reading an uploaded text or attending a webinar.

Assessment activities also take place in both the digital and physical environment, where a student demonstrates that they have achieved the learning outcomes by, for example, take a written exam on campus and a self-assessing quiz in Canvas.

Benefits of blended learning

The great advantage of blended learning is that you can better optimise learning environments by creating courses that suit you as a teacher, your course and your students, while using activities in and outside of teaching that are both integrated and complementary.

Advantages that are highlighted:

  • Time can be used in other ways by blending traditional campus teaching with online teaching methods (distance, digital learning objects).
  • Focus on depth-focused learning.
  • The time spent with the students in the classroom can be designed for more interaction.
  • More opportunities for collaboration.
  • Improved time management.

Example of course structure

Blended learning is a broad concept and therefore include many different course structures. These examples are just a selection of all the different possibilities.

Focus your time in the classroom on discussions

In the digital learning environment, video or texts are used to explain and tell the basic concept of the subject. The time in the classroom is used to discuss the subject content. This approach leads to you as a teacher being able to focus on important areas students often have trouble with. The students are then able to learn the basics of the subject at their own pace and in a place that suits them.

Video is often highlighted as positive in educational contexts because the student has the power to decide when and where to participate, and because of the option for the student to control the tempo and watch it several times.

Formative assessment with quiz or assignment

Conduct formative assessment of students’ knowledge of a subject in the digital environment (such as using a quiz or assignment) and then use the physical meeting to focus on the parts that students have found to be difficult to do.

Introduce in the physical meeting - discuss in the digital

Introduce a topic in the physical meeting, use discussion forums or chat to discuss the subject and then end the discussion in a physical meeting or web meeting (KTH offers you as a teacher the web meeting tool Zoom ). Research has shown that asynchronous text-based communication (for example, a discussion forum) has a positive effect on learning. Students then have time to reflect more widely because they do not have to answer at once, and there is a tendency to reflect more when formulating their thoughts in text.

Guest speaker via Zoom

Invite a guest speaker who can attend via Web meeting tools (for example Zoom). This makes it easy to get subject experts from all over the world to participate in your course. Web meetings are also very easy to record and share as video afterwards.

Both physical and digital surfaces for collaboration

Conduct group work in which students both meet physically and have their own digital workspace where they work together.

Webinar: How to design your quiz questions

Presenters: Malin Engquist (learning instructor), Ida Naimi-Akbar (Ph.D. student/lecturer/learning instructor) and Linda Barman (Ph.D./teacher), Lunch 'n’ Learn from 2020-05-14. Language: Swedish.

Get tips on how you as a teacher can design automatically corrected assignments, answers, and feedback in the form of quizzes, multiple-choice questions, etc., that can be included in your online exam.

Listen to other teachers' experiences and learn from evaluations and studies linked to, among other things, open online courses and "blended learning". The webinar discusses the pedagogical/didactic choices that need to be made when teachers create self-assessing quizzes.

To the recording of the webinar on how to design your quizz questions (KTH Play, in Swedish) .

Film: KTH teacher on blended learning

In this film, Pernilla Ulfvengren (School of Industrial Engineering and Management) talks about using blended learning and Flipped Classroom  in her courses.

Contact and support for digital education

Do you have questions or do you want guidance on digital learning?

For general support: it-support@kth.se .

For educational support: e-learning@kth.se  (we reply within two days time).

Other contacts for education

If you have other questions about education at KTH, the information is collected on Contacts for education support at KTH .

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