To maximize student interactions through blended learning approach

On 25 July, 2018, Professor Ng, Director of Teaching and Learning Centre & Adjunct Professor of Division of Graduate Studies, conducted a lesson for participants of Master of Arts in International Higher Education and Management for the course namely, Workshop for Management Issues in Education, using blended learning approach.

The topic of the workshop was “Manage students and learning enhancement through integrating technology in education”. To motivate participants to learn why and how to using Information Technology (IT) to enhance student learning, participants were asked to debate on the topic “Using IT can enhance learning and teaching” at the beginning of the class. They were divided into 2 groups, one group for the motion whilst the other group against the motion. Each group had expressed their opinions enthusiastically but it seemed there was no consensus was agreed between the two groups of students.

Photo 1: Participants were having fun whilst debating

To further stimulate participants’ interest in the topic, they were asked to attempt a few multiple choices related to the lesson contents using Kahoot which is a game-based learning platform after the debate. Participants could select one from the given choices. Participants were excited to make their selections. The top three winners for each question were shown based on the time of selecting the right answer. The highlight of the game was when the top three winners for all the questions were projected on the screen. It was interesting to observe that the top two winners got 5 out of 6 questions beating the third runner-up who got 6 out of 6 questions since Kahoot, intended to increase the competitive atmosphere, took the players’ response time in giving a correct answer into consideration.

Photo 2: Participants were engaged in using mobile phones to participate

Photo 3: Winners of Kahoot game displayed

Photo 4: Winner of the Kahoot game

Afterwards, the teacher discussed the pedagogies and techniques of designing IT supported lessons. Then, participants were asked to come up with ideas of using IT to enhance assessments. It was observed that participants enjoyed different interactive activities very much through this blended learning approach.

Students’ feedback:

“What impressed me most is that not only did Professor Ng show us the importance of IT in education with solid and vivid evidence, but she also applied pedagogy related with IT in this lecture, and we all devoted ourselves to the interactive sessions (Kahoot and debate) with enthusiasm and delight. She sets us a good model of how to promote student learning for the ‘digital natives’ with the support of IT and it’s my honour to experience such a practical and down-to-earth class as a participant.” (Student A)

“Personally speaking, during the whole class, Professor Ng sets a good example of delivering a topic of IT enhancement of education. She did not only intuitively guide me into the learning situation with very apt use of IT, but also stimulated my enthusiasm of participation and arouse the inspiration of thinking about how to put IT into practice in pedagogy. What’s more, I have been prompted to think and explore further into the relationship between engagement and IT.” (Student B)