Blendkit2016 offers international staff development opportunity: a case study at Yaba College of Technology in Nigeria.

Concurrent Session 8

Brief Abstract

The Blendkit2016, a facilitated blended course offered to faculty members and instructional designers interested in developing and designing blended courses, provided opportunities for staff at Yaba College in Nigeria to develop blended courses. Come see how this unrestricted BlendKit cohort approach could work for you and your institution!

Extended Abstract

Blendkit is a 5-weeks open online course which focuses on blended learning. The course takes the format of a MOOC. With participants from over 50 countries, Blendkit has become a central point of engagement on online learning by institutions worldwide. One institution that participated in this year’s Blendkit2016 was Yaba College of Technology (YCT).     

Yaba College of Technology (YCT) is the first higher institution in Nigeria and one of the Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions providing effective teaching, learning and research for the technological advancement. In the past, no program was available to help teachers use rich pedagogical strategies in blended and online learning contexts. Blendkit 2016 therefore created an opportunity to meet this need for staff.  Staff were encouraged to register for the course through the support of the institutional cohort. The challenges encountered by staff during the course include, time factor, internet access, poor network, portfolio fees and difficulties with new technology and course learning platform (Canvas). Despite these challenges, members of staff were motivated to sustain interest for Blendkit2016 course through issuance of the digital badge, flexibility of the course, consistent interactions and encouragement from local cohort. The Blendkit DIY activities were particularly helpful with developing and designing blended courses using existing course content. The experience has developed staff capability in blended learning and other social media tools such as blogging and twitter. The acquired knowledge from Blendkit course will enhance staff mode of teaching using the state of the art technology in blended learning and at the same time help student output and performance. Regular support from international experts of blended learning will develop and improve the capability of staff in YCT, especially in a developing country like Nigeria.

At the end of this informational session, participants will:

  • Learn about the benefits derived by international participants who enrolled in Blendkit2016.
  • Consider strategies for motivating staff to complete online faculty development training.     
  • Envision how the free cohort  approach in Blendkit could work for their institution.

During this interactive presentation the presenters will discuss and participants will walk-away witth.

  • Benefits derived from enrolling in Blendkit2016 course
  • Factors that motivate and sustained participant to complete Blendkit2016 course
  • Challenges encountered during the duration of the course
  • What additional international collaborative support would be needed to develop and improve the staff  

Key words

Blended learning, faculty development, online learning, development opportunity, technological advancements and online pedagogy.