University of Northampton interim report on their move to Active Blended Learning. This report informs and supports the process of pedagogical change, with recommendations to overcome barriers to student engagement. It is informed by feedback from students and provides good practice guides to achieve Active Blended Learning and online activity design. Each section provides recommendations and links to other studies that confirm these findings.
Topics include, factors that affect student engagement – conceptions of learning and knowledge, pedagogical design across module and programme, relationships, socialisation and collaboration, interaction, accessibility and perceived ease of use, clarity of purpose and approach to the task, student agency and autonomy and quality content. The report is based on student views and qualitative studies of one small scale pilot in 2015-16, and a larger one in 2016-17.