Blended Learning Websites

There are quite a few websites out there exploring the flipped classroom. I’ve been digging through the www maze and have found the resources I’ll list here to be quite helpful, though I wish there were more Canadian links.

1. Cambridge University’s pdf link “Blended Learning: Creating Opportunities for Language Learners.” by Debra Marsh

Topical information (2012), Marsh does a thorough review of the Blended Learning case studies, and outlines the benefits and challenges of using a blended approach in the ESL classroom. Marsh very clearly explains both the instructor’s role AND the learners’ role in this experience. Any ESL instructor looking into flipping their classroom really should read this.

2. ESL – Blended Learning Case Study, by Maja Grgurovic.

A good overview of what Blended Learning can look like in an adult ESL classroom. I thought it was useful as it showed what the potential could be of employing this model. The learners all had some computer experience, so the one difference that I find between this study and my own classroom is that half of my students are still struggling with basic computer literacy, while the other half are regular computer/internet users.

3. “Learning outcomes and students’ perceptions of online writing:
Simultaneous implementation of a forum, blog, and wiki in an EFL
blended learning setting” by Terumi Miyazoe & Terry Anderson

If you are looking at setting up your own course, it is always advisable to see what others have done, and how they were able to handle the challenges. The authors looked at using different media in their blended learning course, and what the pros and cons were of each.

Having tried to implement blogs and forums in my own class, I know that there are challenges but also many benefits of doing so. The learners who successfully created their blogs and used them are already showing progress. However, half of the learners often forget the login procedure, or how to add “new posts” to their blogs, so a great deal of classroom time has already been spent on showing the basics of using a blog.

4. The Research on Blended Learning of ESL Based on Moodle Platform by TANG Jingwei (2013)

I just came across this paper while digging through the links I had already saved in my “blended learning” favourites tab. It is a 2013 publication. The author provides an overview of Blended Learning and the Moodle platform. Moodle is a Learning Management System (LMS) or Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) that is free (always good!) and user-friendly (another plus!).

The LMS that I am currently using is called D2L (Desire 2 Learn); I haven’t explored Moodle’s platform, but I have been hearing about it. There was a Moodle workshop at a TESL Ontario conference that I desperately wanted to attend, but it conflicted with another workshop that I desperately wanted to participate in. After reading this paper, Moodle is at the top of my list for this October’s conference.

Google the title: “The Research on Blended Learning of ESL Based on Moodle Platform” by author Tang Jingwei. It appears as a document that you immediately need to download.


About jenniferartan

ESL instructor in London. Level 2 Google Certified Educator. Blended Learning. Learning Management Systems. TESL Ontario Webinar Manager. Edutech Conference Junkie. Smartboards. Reluctant Techie.
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