What is Blended Learning?
Along with traditional face-to-face teaching methods, many teachers have successfully incorporated the use of electronic resources into their daily practice. This blended approach, from planning and instruction through to student learning and assessment, continues to provide more accessible, equitable learning opportunities for our young people. Blended learning has greatly increased the digital capacity of our students as they prepare for their future learning in the 21st century. Having students learn in a digital environment also presents many unique challenges and considerations.
Access to D2l VLE for teachers and students
Virtual Learning Environment (D2L Brightspace)
The Ministry of Education provides all publicly funded school boards with the D2L Brightspace VLE. This allows students and teachers to access ministry-licensed applications and ministry created virtual learning activities and resources. The VLE allows schools to deliver
e-Learning and Blended Learning options and online tools. This platform is also being used for Adult and Continuing Education, Supervised Alternative Learning Program and Credit Recovery. Technology Enabled Learning Ontario (TELO) writes Ontario-specific courses and resources that are available for use in the VLE.
For more information, contact the Educational Technology Facilitators.
Some blended Learning in the Durham District School Board (DDSB) is hosted through a platform called Moodle (Modular Object Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment). This web based virtual learning space is an extension of the physical classroom that offers teachers and students an online environment in which to collaborate and facilitate learning beyond the confines of the school.
Moodle is tied in with the DDSB computer system and it therefore accessible by all students and teachers within the Board using the same username as password that they use to log onto any Board computer. There are currently over 800 teacher registered with over 1000 courses currently active. Teachers have the ability to completely customize their own online classroom and host a plethora activities and resources which can be used to facilitate student learning and achievement. This space can transform the way that we teach our students. Moodle can be used not only as a planning tool, by enabling the instant feedback for assessment for learning, but can also help our students to remain organized and have access to classroom resources at all hours of the day.