Blended Learning: Tools for Teaching and Training

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Are you an information professional involved in training or education? If so, you'll benefit tremendously from this book, which integrates traditional and distance learning methods into a blended approach, the ideal for today's modern learning environment. With this book, you'll learn how to combine the best of traditional and new approaches to learning, gaining the benefits of both and none of the disadvantages. This practical guide to designing and delivering training that meets the needs of every group, no matter the size, is filled with library-based examples, checklists, and case studies.

Topics include:

• Virtual communication tools
• Models of teaching and learning
• Individual and group learning activities
• Development of online communities

Regardless of your level of experience, this book will help you improve instruction.

1. Introduction 
  • Introduction
  • Teaching and training in the 21st century
  • The rise of blended learning
  • Structure of the book  
2. Tools and technologies- an overview
  • Introduction
  • Technologies in the classroom 
  • Virtual communication tools 
  • Social networking software
  • Integrated learning environments 
  • Mobile technologies   
3. Models of teaching and learning 
  • Introduction
  • Context of learning
  • Learning styles 
  • Approaches to learning
  • Learner-centred pedagogies 
  • Specific approaches to teaching and learning  
4. Planning and designing blended learning programmes 
  • Introduction
  • Design and development cycle
  • Developing a blended learning experience
  • Technical issues
  • Copyright and other intellectual property issues
  • Evaluation  
5. Planning and designing learning activities 
  • Introduction
  • Design principles
  • Individual learning activities  
6. Using group learning activities 
  • Introduction
  • Group learning activities
  • Managing large groups
  • Managing online groups
  • Managing diverse groups  
7. Working as a tutor 
  • Introduction
  • Principles of tutoring
  • Working with a group 
  • E-tutoring
  • Working with a co-tutor
  • Managing tricky situations  
8. Coaching and mentoring 
  • Introduction
  • Principles of coaching and mentoring
  • Coaching and e-coaching in the workplace
  • Mentoring and e-mentoring in the workplace
  • Developing informal and incidental learning in the workplace  
9. Communities of interest and practice 
  • Introduction
  • What are communities of interest and practice?
  • Communities in the ILS profession and beyond
  • Engaging with communities of interest and practice
  • Establishing and managing a new community  
10. Managing learning and teaching projects
  • Introduction
  • Principals of project management
  • Gaining approval and getting going
  • Managing the project 
  • The project management process
  • Gaining accreditation for your programme
  • Documenting the project
  • Working with the project team

Barbara Allan

Barbara Allan is Deputy Dean of Hull University Business School and Director of the Center for Innovations in Business and Management Education. She was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2008 for her innovative work in e-learning and e-mentoring. She is interested in new approaches to supporting research students and led the development of the Graduate Virtual Research Environment. Author of several books, including Supporting Research Students, she is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).

"... an excellent resource that should help educational professionals to have an insight into the blended learning world. It generally helps the readers to develop educational ideas and start up designing blended learning programmes. It plays a role as a remarkable "start-up kit" and offers practical advice for those who wish to practise blended e-learning."
— Education Technology and Society