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Wednesday, June 18 • 1:30pm - 2:20pm
CON1.01 – Learning English as a Second Language in a Blended Online and 3D Virtual Environment

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With a shift towards a more student-centered pedagogical paradigm, and a need to provide students with collaborative, active, and engaged learning environments, many postsecondary institutions in Canada and abroad are implementing blended model courses and programs with increased frequency.  The blended model, sometimes called hybrid learning, typically combines face-to-face and online course modules, accompanied by web-based discussions, assignments, and other activities (Leger et al., 2013).

In the fall of 2013, instructor Peggy Hartwick from the School of Linguistics and Language Studies at Carleton University offered her introductory ESLA 1300 course using the blended model, where the blended portion of her class was delivered in part using Carleton’s learning management system (cuLearn) and in Carleton’s 3D Virtual campus. These environments helped increase students’ motivation as well as their confidence in a new language, and contributed to their active engagement in their own learning.

This interactive session will describe the project and the transition to the blended model, explain the online and 3D environment, reflect on the challenges the instructor of the course and educational developers faced while re-designing the course for the blended model, and highlight students’ attitudes to this online environment as well as their outcomes in this course. We will also discuss our next steps for the next offering of the same course, based on lessons learned.

Wednesday June 18, 2014 1:30pm - 2:20pm EDT
A339 McArthur Hall

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