UOW is introducing a Blended Learning Enhancement Initiative that seeks to support the uplift of digital learning and teaching across UOW. This initiative will build on the momentum of current good digital learning and teaching practices at UOW and cultivate the culture and strategic direction needed to drive digital transformation.
The initiative is core to developing a shared vision for blended learning at UOW and supporting the realisation of the 2020-2025 Strategic Plan’s transformative priority of Digitalisation and Goal 1 Empowering students for their future.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) Professor Theo Farrell states:
“The Blended Learning Enhancement Initiative seeks to provide staff with the tools and the resources to significantly improve our online learning environments and our digital teaching practices. It is built on consultation with staff and students. It incorporates student-centred pedagogies. It supports and encourages staff reflection, and, crucially, it will build more resilience into how we deliver our teaching at UOW.”
Professor Farrell assures the initiative “is not a one-size-fits-all approach that will be imposed upon staff” but rather “it’s sensitive to the nuanced contextual environments in which learning and teaching takes place across the disciplines,” stating the approach is “very much one of consultation and collaboration with faculties” and seeks to “inspire academic staff and empower schools to make strategic choices around the development of blended learning in their courses”.
Professor Farrell talks more about what we can expect from the upcoming initiative in this video: