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Creating a Winning Blend

Li Siong Lim (Singapore Management University, Singapore)
Session Information
July 8, 2014 - 5:30pm
Faculty Development & Student Support
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Best Practices
Institutional Level: 
Universities and Four Year Institutions
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Electronic Poster
Plaza Foyer
Session Duration: 
60 Minutes
Electronic Poster Session

Developing effective and innovative blended learning for faculty development in higher education

Extended Abstract

To blend or not to blend, that is the question - or is it not? Redesigning and developing faculty development workshops are time-consuming and costly, and this is made worse with the continually changing content and technology, which faculty members may not be keen to catch up. Face-to-face faculty workshops do not always fit into their schedules, and also promote more just-in-case than just-in-time learning. This makes developing blended learning courses a natural progression in order to reach out to more faculty members.

Integrated with adult learning principles, a community of inquiry was established in a faculty development program on blended instruction. Resources, whether free, developed in-house or purchased, were shared using an easy to use and searchable platform. Coupled with face-to-face informal gatherings, faculty members were encouraged to share with one another through recognition and reputation building. It was found to be cost-effective and motivating for the faculty members. Through reflective questioning and sharing of the results of this application of blended learning, we will go through the thought process of an instructional designer. By the time the session is through, participants will have begun thinking about what motivates their faculty, and if or how they should redesign their own faculty development courses.

Lead Presenter

Li Siong Lim is a faculty developer and an instructional designer at the Centre for Teaching Excellence at Singapore Management University. He conducts faculty training and consultations on course design, blended learning, and current & emerging technologies. He is trained in both technology and education which allows him to explore ways of integrating ICT with pedagogy to make learning more effective. His research interests are in pedagogical agents for teaching and learning, which also involve methods to improve online and blended course design and delivery.