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Digitally Enhanced Blended Learning: Leveraging the benefits of Technology in Higher Education

Professor Denise Whitelock invited to be involved as Commissioner and member of the Digitally Enhanced Blending Learning report Steering Group.

Last week the House of Lords launched the Digitally Enhanced Blending Learning report. Evidence for the inquiry was gathered through three facilitated open discussion sessions with educators/academics, students, employers and professional service staff. Director, IET Professor Denise Whitelock was invited to be involved as both a Commissioner and to be a member of the Steering Group. The report provides recommendations on elevating and evolving teaching practice and learning experiences, exploring the various ways that Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and government can enhance the system to realise the full potential of blended learning approaches.

Professor Denise Whitelock is a Professor of Technology Enhanced Assessment and Learning and Director of the Institute of Educational Technology (UK) at The Open University with over 20 years of experience in designing, researching, and evaluating online and computer-based learning in Higher Education. She led the Supportive Automated Feedback for Short Essays project funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council with Oxford University, providing students with automatic feedback on electronic drafts of their assignments supplementing tutor support. Her work has received international recognition by holding visiting chairs at the Autonoma University, Barcelona, and the British University in Dubai UAE. She is currently serving as the European Distance and E-Learning Network’s (EDEN) Vice President of Research and is an EDEN Fellow. She holds a Commonwealth of Learning Chair. Denise is also a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. For complete publication list see:


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