This project is grounded in a continuous endeavor to address wide-ranging needs and issues related to teaching and learning of the Education Studies Core Course Teachers and Teaching in Context of BEd programmes. The overall purpose is two-fold: to facilitate the contextualization of teaching and learning in multi-lingual classrooms and the use of systematic blended learning (BL) strategies to promote student engagement and learning of preservice teachers. Initial effort has been made to develop contextualized digital materials to enhance course delivery. In the presentation, we will share our experiences in developing digital case materials that offer the context and content with multiple points of entry to stretch and deepen students’ conceptual understanding. Our next stage of inquiry is to investigate the use of the new digital materials along with pedagogically sound BL strategies. Research on BL focuses mostly on student learning, having limited knowledge of pedagogical practices for professional development. There also seems to be a common perception of BL as substantial technology input which in turn generates hesitation and resistance in teaching staff. By making appropriate digital materials available as the first step and recommending systematic pedagogical strategies as the second step, we want to encourage teaching staff to rethink what they do and connect their doings more closely with the constant challenges involved in student engagement of regular face-to-face contexts, as well as the vastly different needs and issues concerning the development of professionalism and professional competence in preservice teachers. In the presentation, we will highlight and discuss the progress of our work in exploring the integration of case-based materials into a BL learning environment.
|Publication status||Published - Mar 2017|