Blended Learning Webinar Playlist

With schools, colleges, and universities back in classes, the educational landscape is very different to what it was the last time teachers were in the comforting physical confines of their classrooms. However, a return to the physical classroom does not simply mean going back to the way things were before. Far from it. Indeed, it would be such a waste if that were the case. With teachers the world over having embraced (and mastered) the challenge of teaching online over the past six months, there are too many lessons that have been learned to throw that knowledge away. Therefore, a blended learning approach is very much the way forward, and at the very heart of that is the notion of the flipped classroom.

In an online environment, there is a greater expectation that students will do the necessary pre- and post-class work to ensure that the live, synchronous class time can be maximized and run smoothly. So why change that model just because we are (in part) returning to the real-world classroom? The benefits are there for all to see – we’ve experienced it already and so it’s now time to transfer that experience to the new normal.

The webinars in this Playlist reflect that ethos. Many of the ideas in these webinars, while suggested to enhance the online classroom, are equally applicable in enhancing the real-world classroom. They bring together ideas on how we can use technology and the online environment to prepare students for synchronous class time – be that face-to-face or online – and, as such, maximize learning, communication and collaboration in the classroom.

As Hugh Dellar and Russell Stannard quite rightly highlight in their talk Getting Students Ready for Online Lessons…Online!, “effective online delivery requires the cooperation of the students” and “live lessons are more effective when linked to homework.” And if we can take that into the real-world classroom too, then it might just change the way we teach forever.

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Watch the full playlist of webinars on YouTube or click the links below.

The Flipped Classroom: the Role TED and Technology Can Play to Get Students Speaking, Hsu-Ping Tuan

Using Technology to Encourage Face-to-Face Conversation, Alex Warren

Developing Reading Skills in an Online Environment, Alex Warren

Getting Students Ready for Online Lessons…Online! Hugh Dellar and Russell Stannard

Exploring, Exploiting and Expanding on Online Lessons, Hugh Dellar and Russell Stannard

Author: Alex Warren

Alex Warren is a DELTA trained teacher trainer with over 14 years’ experience of working in ELT as a teacher, academic director and teacher trainer. Working for National Geographic Learning, Alex is driven by his passion for developing teachers on a global scale and helping them to reach their true potential. A firm believer in a communicative approach to language learning and student centred learning, Alex enjoys working with innovative, thought-provoking materials and presenting on a wide range of ELT-related topics.

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