1. Have an online glossary if you are running a course online. It's simple to set up, easy to access, and ensures everyone is working from the same base level of understanding. Some considerations are where do you publish it? (PDF, wiki, web page?), and do you make it fixed or editable (so that users can submit suggestions or definitions).
2. Real life examples on how to apply learning. The PDF on setting up a glossary had examples of how you could use this in TEFL teaching (vocabulary), or technical terms for engineering.
3. Give simple instructions & tasks - it could be as simple as find the glossary and bookmark the page. It gives a sense of progress, like you are getting things done.
4. A "What do you think?" activity. This week they asked what we thought blended learning meant. We were given 5 simple scenarios to read and then use our judgement to say whether they were blended learning interventions or not. Instead of a stark yes/no answer, it was more of a detailed answer explaining why it was a "yes" or a "no" so you felt like you were learning even then.
5. Crib sheets. Any extra material that was given was in the format of useful crib sheets. I may not need to access it now, but it's useful to know there is a bank of them for future reference
6. Surveys and Quizzes. You can set these using SurveyMonkey or TypeForm, but what about asking a learner to create one? What questions would they set for a beginner user? This can help check your assumptions about what you think someone needs to know
7. Simulations. Use a dummy site or exercise before a user attends the actual training. It helps them prepare and think of questions - blended learning has to be meaningful and the technology has to enhance it
8. Social learning - include a personal viewpoint or example from a student when you make a help guide or video. Have a forum for peer to peer questions. This can help avoid isolation and be motivating and engaging.
9. Variety of material - how much do you want to guide the learner or let them choose their own path? It's hard to answer, but having a variety of material in different forms will help learners focus their attention and pick & choose their own path. Same as in classroom learning - have a variety of activities for different types. (Videos, quizzes, online forums, articles to read, sandpits, peer to peer support, online assignments)
10. Ideas for activities
- Get learners to search the internet to find the answer to a very specific question before a f2f session, and compete to see who gets the best answer.
- Ask learners to work in small groups to develop a slide to present to their peers, which explains what could go wrong in a procedure/technique/skill they have just learned about.
- Ask each learner to browse YouTube to find a good video that’s relevant to the topic they are currently learning.
- Prepare a multiple choice quiz using a question you have put to learners previously. Use their previous wrong answers as the choices, along with the correct answer, and ask your learners to pick the best one.
- Create a video, "Introduction to the topic" to include with webinar joining instructions. Recap it at the beginning of the webinar