Designing Blended Learning Experiences for Concept-Based Inquiry in the Economics Classroom (72984)

Session Information: Teaching Experiences, Pedagogy, Practice & Praxis
Session Chair: Zuokun Li

Friday, 24 November 2023 12:50
Session: Session 3
Room: Room 703
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

Educators all over the world adopted online methods to teach during the COVID-19 pandemic and found distinct benefits of online learning (Gilbert, 2015). It offered students flexibility and an opportunity to be more directly involved in their own learning. With the resumption of in-person face-to-face lessons in schools, online learning is now combined with face-to-face lessons. However, many educators realise that blended learning experiences can end up fragmented (Dilger, Gommers & Rapp, 2019), shallow (Wang, Sun & Shi, 2018), and repetitive for students. How do we integrate online learning with face-to-face lessons in such a way that ensures a seamless, quality learning experience for our students?

This presentation shares a lesson designed to help students acquire deep learning within a blended learning environment. The lesson adopts Marschall and French’s (2018) Model of Concept-based Inquiry to guide students to form their own conceptual understanding of “Decision-making in Economics”. It also applies Kerres and De Witt’s (2003) didactical framework for blended learning to design inquiry activities that maximise the advantages of different modalities of learning. Finally, educational technology tools and platforms were used to bridge students’ learning across time and space. All the students who participated in this lesson agreed that concept-based inquiry gave them a deeper understanding of decision-making. They also found this blended learning experience to be more engaging and interesting. These findings should provide useful insights for educators looking to design effective blended learning experiences.

Authors:
Dai Hwee Tan, Ministry of Education, Singapore


About the Presenter(s)
As Master Teacher / Economics, Dai Hwee spearheads and promotes networks of learning among Junior College Economics teachers and contributes to the uplifting of pedagogical standards and deepening of the Economics subject disciplinarity in Singapore.

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Posted by Clive Staples Lewis

Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00