Amplifying instructional practices in Google Classroom aligned to learning outcomes and student needs

Explore impact of controlled groups during and after Google Classroom changes. Project led by Jamie Homewood.

About the project

What is the project about?

Whilst Google Classroom is a great tool it is not always clear if it can replace a traditional VLE like Moodle or Canvas. Using Google Classroom is at times still easy to add resources and create a supportive environment that supports a blended approach. The need is to explore ways that help to structure Google classrooms in a more robust way that enhances classroom delivery.

For the project, we’ll use focus groups that use Google Classroom with its basic features that have a blended learning need.

Using tools, techniques and concepts based on the Canvas Certified Educator course that is adapted and applied to Google Classroom in an FE setting. Having applied these within a FE setting and seeing improvements in participation and engagement through a structured approach, the desire is to showcase the connection between Google Classroom and teaching and learning best practices in the context of blended learning.

A report of findings of the research will be produced alongside a blog that evidences the journey.

What is the benefit to students?

The benefit to students will be a more focused structure and implementation of online course content through recognised technological frameworks, engagement strategies and personalisation practices to differentiate learning styles and needs that improve participation and engagement.

It will benefit all those studying programmes that use Google Classroom as their chosen Virtual Learning Environment.

How will the impact of the project be measured?

  • Student engagement surveys
  • Student Survey findings
  • Staff survey
  • Participation data
  • Distance travelled data
  • Data of comparison of control groups, 1. Without implementation; 2. With implementation


Data comparisons of two controlled groups studying the same or similar programmes. One group experiencing no change to the way content is added to Google Classroom and the other experiencing changes as per the project.

Measures to include engagement questions, and data points as above.

What will the outcome be?

  • Identify and apply skills and strategies to create engaging and responsive learning environments in Google Classroom
  • Leverage technology at various levels of integration to effectively align and target learning goals
  • Understand that well-designed technology integrated learning experiences rely on the interdependence between context, content, and instructional practice
  • Assess learning shifts from teacher-directed learning practices to student-directed personalised learning practices

Research findings

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