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What’s Blended Learning, iMOOCs/iBLOCs/MOOCs? 



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What are Blended Learning, iBLOCs, iMOOCs and MOOCs?

  • Blended learning - a combination of face-to-face with online experiences to produce effective, efficient and flexible learning. (Stein & Graham, 2014)
  • iMOOCs – Internal Massive Open Online Courses (NUS)
  • iBLOCs - Internal Blended Learning Online Course (Your Module)
  • MOOCs - Massive Open Online Courses (Global Audience)


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What is the potential of Blended Learning?

A well-designed blended learning module aims to promote deeper level of engagement and deeper learning among learners. Blended learning assists in;

  • —Increased guidance and triggers
  • —Easier access to learning activities
  • —Individualised learning opportunities
  • —Increased engagement through social interaction
  • Time on task


What is Flipped Classroom?

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“Flipping the classroom” means that students:

  • gain first exposure to new material outside of class, usually via reading or lecture videos, and then,
  • use class time to do the harder work of assimilating that knowledge, perhaps through problem-solving, discussion, or debates.

Key elements - flipped classroom

  • Provide an opportunity for students to gain first exposure prior to class.
  • Provide in-class activities that focus on higher level cognitive activities.
  • Provide a mechanism to assess student understanding.
  • Provide an incentive for students to prepare for class.


What platforms are supported? What is the difference between these?


DomainPublicNUS onlyNUS only
Peer AssessmentYesYesNo
In-video QuizYesYesYes
Question BankNoNoYes
Assignment FolderNoNoYes
Grade TransferManualManualMachine-to-Machine
Web conferenceGoogle HangoutGoogle HangoutWebEx


How do I go about the video recording?

You may refer to Video Techniques section to explore various options.

Where can I view the promo videos done by NUS colleagues?

What options do I have to record video?


Examples of past iBLOCs and MOOCs in NUS







}Be prepared. Set aside more time than you originally planned. More time spent than preparing for a real-life course.
◦Before the actual recording: Have a practice session to decide if the person who is recording will handle the slide changes and/or annotation. If there is whiteboarding, it must be done by the lecturer or student assistant. Limited annotation can be done in post-production
}Recording without a script is NOT RECOMMENDED. Best practice to provide a transcript of your video to the students if they are involved.
}Recording location: Recording booth? Office? Studio?
◦If office, have to check suitability - lighting, sound, environment.
}Visuals (and other material which is not yours):
◦copyright cleared?
◦stock photos?
◦create our own?
}For easy reading and on-the-spot editing:
◦Use large fonts. Preferably above 12.
◦Double space your lines.
}Do not talk over slide transitions as far as possible. This makes for easy saving and editing.
}Use PDF as backup.
}Annotations: One of the ways of doing this is having some motion on the slide. So, for example, if you are making a few points on the slide, Then, when talking about point one, you may just draw an arrow or underline, then when your are on point two you may circle something. This is to ensure that the video isn't just a static image, but there's some stuff moving
}About five hours a week engaging in the forums.
}Make a mistake while recording? Pause recording, recollect yourself, then restart recording from an appropriate point. e.g. "Cut so-and-so section onwards, then continue from here."
}Know where to draw the line. Go for good enough, not perfect.

# Take note of the effort in producing the content.

◦Course Planning
◦Promotion Video
◦Planning 1 week content including sourcing for materials, writing scripts, preparing slides etc.

CIT encourages you to create a promo video of about 2 minutes that highlights the benefits of taking your course/module.

View promo videos by NUS educators. (NUSNET login required.)

I will be doing iBLOC. What is the typical timeline? How will the production proceed?

You may visit iBLOC Production Timeline section for more details. Take note given scenario is an example and may vary depending on the course needs, number of instructors involved, staff availability etc.

How long does it typically take to produce a video?

Major portion of the time will be spent on the video production. Do not be surprised to find yourself spending more time in contrast to your traditional lecture. While there is no absolute time to produce video as it depends on teaching style, video technique or course requirements, but the below estimate will give you an idea. 

  • Self recording of one 6 to 10 minutes chunk may approximately take 3-4 hours initially but subsequent video may take shorter time as you get familiarized with the technique.
  • Two hours worth of video in (that is 12 ten minutes chunk or 20 six minutes chunks) Studio settings would roughly take 2-3 days. This excludes post-production.