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The Blended Learning Unit (BLU) at the University works with staff and students to transform learning and teaching, ensuring blended learning is embedded in its practice to enhance both the student and the staff experience. BLU holds an annual International Blended Learning Conference in partnership with the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and, over the last three years, in association with the Universities of Calgary and Queensland.

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The Blended Learning Unit (BLU) at the University works with staff and students to transform learning and teaching, ensuring blended learning is embedded in its practice to enhance both the student and the staff experience. BLU holds an annual International Blended Learning Conference in partnership with the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and, over the last three years, in association with the Universities of Calgary and Queensland.

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    Sure, it's blended... But is it the best we can do?

    Sure, it's blended... But is it the best we can do?

    As the first Keynote speaker on the second day of the 2010 International Blended Learning Conference, this trans-continental presentation comes from the Univeristy of Queensland in Australia. Mark Nichols is an e-learning specialist, and discusses a number of different issues related to blended learning.

    • 40 min
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    Teaching Presence: Creating and sustaining communities of inquiry in blended learning environments

    Teaching Presence: Creating and sustaining communities of inquiry in blended learning environments

    Dr. Norm Vaughan and Dr Marti Cleveland Innes were the joint second Keynote speakers on the first day of the 2010 International Blended Learning Conference. This trans-Atlantic presentation from the University of Calgary in Canada, discusses their view of blended learning, teaching presence, seven principles of blended learning, and a case study.

    • 44 min
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    Myths and promises of blended learning

    Myths and promises of blended learning

    As the second Keynote speaker on the second day of the 2010 International Blended Learning Conference, Dr. Martin Oliver discusses ideas about how to think about doing things (in education) a little bit differently. This interesting presentation (and approach) goes through what constitutes e-learning, face-to-face interaction in teaching and learning, and blended learning.

    • 40 min
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    HELP ME: mobile enhanced higher education launch pad

    HELP ME: mobile enhanced higher education launch pad

    Current Government policy states that all child care practitioners in every child care setting must have a degree level qualification by 2015. Early years sector historically do not find it easy to access HE due to lack of support and resources to study at Level 4. Students often feel unprepared for the level of academic work required at HE. Barnet College has 25 students studying Level 3 Early years. These are community based practitioners, working in village halls and community centres, they have few work based study resources and minimum internet access. They lack confidence in learning due to educational background and in 2009/10 there was nil progression from Level 3 to Level 4. In order to facilitate at least a 25% progression in 2010/11 a task driven mobile technology project was developed to scaffold study skills and enhance personalised learning, providing a taster for Level 4 learning.

    • 18 min
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    Developing an interactive, academically-structured PBL approach to link theory and practice in nursing

    Developing an interactive, academically-structured PBL approach to link theory and practice in nursing

    Nursing demands critical thinking skills to respond effectively within a rapidly changing healthcare environment. The future nurse requires openness, creativity, skills of enquiry; knowledge, reflexivity and the confidence to further develop clinical practice (Gopee 2002; Knowles & McGloin 2007). Hence the nurse must evidence competence in academic skills and the research process. This presentation will discuss the implementation of an acute care module within a new adult nursing curriculum at University Campus Suffolk (UCS). This was the first time a module had been delivered in the adult branch using a substantial amount of e learning. The project design aimed to encourage the development of the critical thinking skill set. It aimed to empower, support and motivate the student to be a responsible, engaged learner.

    • 31 min
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    Changing practice - reflections on the Blended Learning Unit

    Changing practice - reflections on the Blended Learning Unit

    As the first Keynote speaker on the first day of the 2010 International Blended Learning Conference, Professor Peter Bullen talks about his personal reflections on changing practices of the Blended Learning Unit. Professor Bullen goes through five main elements that allowed for the success.

    • 34 min

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