Examples of course structures using blended learning environments
There are many different ways to use blended learning in your course. Here are examples of how courses can be set up with blended learning environments. Digital tools can be used, for example, to provide more space to focus on discussions in the classroom or to conduct formative assessment.
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 the basic concepts of the subject. The time in the classroom is used to discuss the subject content. This approach enables you as a teacher to focus on important areas that 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. You can read more about this on our pages about Video as a pedagogical tool .
Formative assessment with quiz or assignment
Conduct formative assessment of the students’ knowledge of a subject in the digital environment, such as using a quiz or assignment. 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 during a physical meeting and then use discussion forums or chat to discuss the subject furthure. 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.
Utilise Zoom to easily conduct guest lectures
Invite a guest lecturer 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. The students will always bring with them all the material in the digital workspace, while the physical meetings simplify group communication. Digital workspaces are also easy to share with other students or teachers.
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 and didactic choices that need to be made when teachers create self-assessing quizzes.
Video: KTH teacher on blended learning
In this video, Pernilla Ulfvengren (School of Industrial Engineering and Management) talks about using blended learning and Flipped Classroom in her courses.