Blended Synchronous Learning Update

Hi everyone. I hope you had a good Christmas break and are gearing up for what promises to be another exciting year for learning and teaching innovation. A few items of news...

The Blended Synchronous Learning Handbook recently won the 2014 Downes Prize. Stephen Downes writes:

This text was a runaway winner this year. It's reflective of a trend in these awards over the years - while something might catch the popular interest and spike briefly, it is the deep and insightful text with lasting import that attracts enough attention over the course of the year.

The Handbook was also highlighted in the 2015 NMC Horizon Report - Higher Education Edition that was released recently. Note that if you would like a printed version of the Blended Synchronous Learning Handbook it is available at-cost from Amazon for approximately $16US. Of course the digital version is still freely available from our website.

Have you heard about the new wave of telepresence robots such as Double, Kubi, and Vgo that are starting to infiltrate the education space? They certainly have potential to transform blended synchronous learning (again). We would be interested to hear from anyone who is using these in their classes.

Congratulations to Steve Waymouth from the University of New South Wales who recently won an iPad mini for responding to the 2014 wearable technologies survey. Steve is a member of the Blended Synchronous Learning Collaborator Network, and counted this as practically the first time that he's ever won anything. Thanks for participating Steve.

Here's wishing you all a great year ahead from the Blended Synchronous Learning team. We are looking forward to hearing about your innovations.

Best wishes,

Matt Bower, Gregor Kennedy, Barney Dalgarno and Mark Lee

Case Study Videos

It has been wonderful to meet so many of the BlendSync Collaborator Network during our Australian workshop tour. You will be pleased to know that the videos for each of the blended synchronous learning Case Studies have been appended to each of the case study page (select the 'Case Studies' tab above). Also, a summary video briefly outlining all seven cases has been placed on the Case Studies page (also provided below). Enjoy!!

Invitation: Blended Synchronous Learning Webinar 6/12/13 - The Final Phase

As we are in the final phase of the Blended Synchronous Learning project we are holding one last important webinar for the year where we reflect on the outcomes of the project, call for leaders to help sustain the vibrant community that has been created, and consider how to best progress blended synchronous learning in the future.

When: 12-1pm Friday 6th of December (Sydney time - for a time zone converter click here)
To register:

The registration link will be sent to participants after they have registered.

Please come with suggestions, questions and ideas prepared, or even forward them through in advance! We look forward to reflecting upon outcomes of the project, considering ideas for the future, and hearing from interested community leaders.


Blendsync Australian Workshop Series

The Blendsync team is pleased to announce their Australian workshop series. The workshop schedule is tabulated below. Participants can attend face-to-face or online (of course:-). For further details and to register please see:





Friday 25th October 2013, 1:00pm-3:00pm

University of South Australia, City West Campus


Friday 1st November 2013, 1:00pm-3:00pm

University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus

Sydney I

Thursday 7th November 2013, 12:30-2:50pm

University of Sydney, Camperdown Campus


Friday 15th November 2013, 1:00pm-3:00pm

University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay Campus


Friday 22nd November 2013, 2:00pm-4:00pm

Curtin University, Bentley Campus

Sydney II

Monday 2nd December 2013, 4:30-6:30pm

Macquarie University, North Ryde Campus


First half of February 2014



Webinar 3 follow up

Many thanks to our presenters Valerie Irvine and Lucy Webster for their engaging presentations at the BlendSync webinar on Thursday - it was a most engaging and thought provocative session. You can find a recording of the webinar at (note that the first three minutes of the webinar were not recorded - apologies).

Please let us know if you have any requests for next webinar, and we look forward to your ongoing involvement in the blended synchronous learning community.


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