Knowledge on blending learning presented at international conference

Woman in front of an University in Romania
As part of a development project involving online and blended learning, Charlotte Løvstad and Marianne Georgsen from the School of Continuing Education have presented experiences and findings at an international conference in Romania.

Based on the study, the main recommendations for use of blended learning in the workplace include: 

  • The commitment to and support of the learning activities are important to the success of workplace learning 
  • The learning design needs to be discussed with and decided in collaboration with management in the workplace 
  • A user-oriented approach to learning design is recommended one size does not fit all 
  • The pedagogical approach taken needs to be thoroughly reflected into the overall design if you emphasise reflection and dialogue over fact learning, your design should support this 
  • ‘Easy to get’-support for the use of ICT/online platform is very important do not allow ICT to stop your show 
The presentation took place at the Fourth International Conference on Adult Education; an international conference organised by a consortium of the four largest universities in Romania and Outrecht University in Oklahoma, USA. The theme of this year’s conference was Adult Education in Universities – Local and Regional Perspectives. 

High degree of user-involvement

The work presented at the conference was a study carried out in relation to a development project called “Introduction to Social Inspection”. The project took place in collaboration between UC VIA, UC Lillebaelt, UC South Denmark and Central Denmark Region, and the work was commissioned by the Ministry of Social Affairs. 

The task was to develop a course for 340 employees spread across the entire country, which was the reason why blended learning was chosen as the model for the course. VIA was responsible for designing the use of e-learning in the course, and for running the e-learning environment during the course. 

A user-oriented approach was taken in the process of designing the course. Teachers from the course were involved in specifying the needs, based on their chosen approach to teaching and learning in the course. Also representatives for the participants were invited to test the system and gave valuable feedback which was taken into consideration in the final design. 

At the conference in Romania, the emphasis of the presentation was on the experiences with blended learning in the work place. Even though work place learning is widely in Denmark and many other countries as well, it is not very common in Romania, and this particular model for training and education was of great interest to participants in the conference. 

Potential for future collaborations

All in all, the visit to The Alexandru Ioan Cuza University in Iasi, which hosted the conference, was an interesting experience. VIA has an extensive collaboration with universities in Romania, e.g. on projects within the field of social care with participation of employees at the Faculty of Education and Social Studies. At the conference, several contacts were made for future collaboration. 

The Alexandru Ioan Cuza University in Iasi hosted the conference, which had approximately 150 participants from around 17 different countries. 

For further information: 

Read the article: Use of blended learning in workplace learning (pdf) 

See the presentation: CIEA Use of blended learning in workplace learning (pdf)

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