How do we weave curriculum design and intent into a blended learning tapestry?

How do senior leaders empower their teams to continue to plan for and implement a curriculum that has depth and breadth and delivers high quality learning? Have a look at some tips that we have compiled from research here in the UK and internationally, Planning a Blended Learning Strategy – Advice on planning for a blended future.

Planning for a blended learning curriculum is essential as the unfolding story of this pandemic continues to dominate. Schools are compelled to provide online learning where learners are not in school for whatever reason and this creates a challenge for curriculum leaders in how they plan and develop a curriculum that can be delivered both in school and online.

Schools have worked hard over the past two years to be curriculum ready for the introduction of the OFSTED Handbook in September 2019.  Nobody could have predicted what happened next and what did happen next has meant that for many the implementation of the intended curriculum is much more difficult to deliver and measure in terms of depth, breadth and cross curricular consistency, never mind the interweaving of skills and the challenge of mastery.

If seamless learning is the goal then forward planning and high quality professional conversations virtually or otherwise are essential.  Teachers and learners are back in school but for many time away from school is still a reality and if the situation deteriorates there is a suggestion that schools could operate a system where learners are in school for two weeks and home for two weeks.

With this as a possibility blending the learning between these two scenarios is the only way forward. Planning ahead for this is critical and requires innovation and creativity in how teachers can use the learning of the last six months to create a tapestry curriculum that blends technology with other traditional learning tools to ensure that the curriculum can be delivered and can provide learners with the knowledge and skills they need to progress and learn.

Our course Blended Learning – Mixing the Virtual with the Actual: a pedagogy for the future focuses on some of the issues that all staff especially middle leaders and teachers need to focus on. Essentially, planning a blended curriculum, teaching and learning strategies, building in challenge, tackling engagement, assessment and collaboration between teachers and teachers, teachers and learners and peer to peer learner interaction. We have drawn on national and international research combined with our own team’s considerable expertise to build a course that will inform future strategy and curriculum planning. Use our self-assessment tool to assess how ready you are to blend the learning and then join us and learn a great deal.

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Learning Cultures new brochure that celebrates the online CPD we have developed in response to the current situation.  The feedback from the courses we have delivered and the programmes we have sold is amazing.  This is a new dawn and we may never completely return to what was there before.

Identifying new ways to learn – Blended learning is tomorrow’s classroom today

Some Blended Learning Tools for you to download

Blended learning is the new pedagogy that none of us in education can ignore.  In a nutshell blended learning is creating a learning culture that combines learning remotely with learning in the classroom.  The last six months have been a time where many learners have learnt using technology, in isolation from their teacher and their peers. Teachers have also had to learn a whole new repertoire of strategies for ensuring learning takes place for individuals who are working in isolation and where the teacher has little control. We as CPD providers have also had to learn how to continue to provide CPD remotely and to offer answers for education as to how to teach in this new world.

We have produced a Blended Learning Self-Assessment Tool for schools to use to focus on how to continue to use a blended approach especially as some learners are still in isolation. This tool helps to define what is working well and your priorities for change.

Have a look at our fifteen top tips guide for ensuring learners can make the transition from home schools to the classroom.

The latest in our repertoire of live webinars is a course specifically designed to look at blended learning. We have now run this course several times either at prescribed times in the morning or as twilights or where schools have asked us to deliver it their whole teaching staff. Have a look at the course content below,

Blended Learning – Mixing the virtual with the actual: a pedagogy of the future

You may also be interested in our suite of inclusive off the shelf courses that you can buy to deliver at a time to suit the CPD timetable and calendar.  One of these courses is called The Learning Room – a series of strategies linked to metacognition and thinking skills and looks especially at group working, independent learning, comprehension or reading for understanding and enquiry skills. All of which are essential skills in a world that will become increasingly reliant on a blended approach to learning. See the EEF research paper Metacognition and Self-regulation

We have six titles currently available to buy and more on the way.  Have a look in more detail here.

We are delivering all of our courses as live webinars which are virtual face to face sessions for individuals to attend. They offer 4 hours of training split over two sessions with time for reflection in between.  There is a personal presenter and a wealth of resources and materials sent physically and electronically. Find out more.

We cannot ignore the changes to our understanding of ourselves whether we are the teacher, the trainer or the learner.  Learning has a new shape and we must not ignore the fact that for many it is unlikely that we will return to the past normal.  Technology has been our salvation and we have all had to learn how to use it in more innovative ways.

 

Blended Learning – Mixing the virtual with the actual: the pedagogy of the future

The latest in our repertoire of online training is a course specifically designed to look at how we can use the experiences of the last few months to build our self-esteem, use the expertise we have gained and share how we can move to a positive strategy for blended learning.

From in-depth research and consultation, the following agenda promises to be exciting:-

Blended Learning – Mixing the virtual with the actual: a pedagogy of the future

  • Investigating and sharing teaching and learning strategies that will support independent and distance learning
  • Putting the spotlight on behaviours and the protocols that deliver successful outcomes for both learners and teachers
  • Exploring how to build in challenge that deepens learning and stretches potential
  • Overcoming the issues of engagement for those learners who have limited access to technology, a lack of parental encouragement of who are disengaged from the process
  • Assessing learning through motivational dialogue, positive outcomes and deep reflection
  • Sharing practice and learning strategies through the development of a coaching approach to group dynamics

There has never been a better time to review the way we teach, reflect on how learners can adapt to new ways of learning and build a new approach to the 21st century classroom.

We also have a series of online courses now available.

Our Zoom suite of courses are virtual face to face sessions for individuals to attend. They offer 4 hours of training split over two sessions with time for reflection in between.  There is a personal presenter and a wealth of resources and materials sent physically and electronically. Find out more.

Our Moodle suite of courses are packages that schools can buy to use as whole school or college INSET, training sessions or twilights. They include video presentations, materials, resources and activities as well as links to research, a bibliography and a quiz. Find out more.

 

Learning on line – top tips from Glynis at Learning Cultures

Most teachers probably have little experience of distance teaching.  Their role is fundamentally to be there in the classroom to teach, facilitate learning, support and challenge.

While schools are closed how can teachers offer a presence that ensures pupils can continue to have a meaningful and valuable education?

We have been building some of our training courses for educators to be delivered through an on-line platform.  This has given us an extraordinary insight into how to create that presence remotely. I want to share some of our learning that you can use to ensure that pupils are inspired to continue to learn and progress.

Here are 10 top tips that have helped us to develop our on-line presence:-

  • Create some protocols to share with pupils prior to embarking on any kind of on-line learning strategy
  • Check the technical capability of your IT infrastructure and what pupils are using at home. If diagrams, text and pictures are difficult to see it will impact on motivation
  • Plan carefully so that there is a sequence to the learning that becomes a clearly defined map or journey for pupils to follow
  • Make sure pupils are prepared in the same way you would expect if you were still in the classroom, the right equipment, good posture, comfortable dress and readiness for learning
  • Focus on the end points and work backwards to ensure that the learning is sequenced well and be clear what you want pupils to achieve
  • Be very clear as the to the learning goals and objectives. Focus on how you can ignite interest by matching your expectations with the pupils’ interests and capabilities
  • Define a study plan that outlines what pupils are learning, how long will the session last and how the session builds on prior learning and prepares for next steps in learning
  • Use this opportunity to focus more on study skills than on content, such as specifically teaching listening skills, note taking skills; how to use enquiry techniques to support self-study or a focus on reading to learn (comprehension)
  • Create opportunities for discovery learning by posing questions to stimulate pupils to find out for themselves
  • Find activities that are fun, and learner centred. On-line is their domain trust your pupils to be solutions focused and innovative in how they use their time for learning

Our on-line learning suite of courses for leaders, managers and teachers will be available in April.  The first courses are listed below. Email us to register your interest.