blended learning course design


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Blended design provides the synergistic combination of online and face-to-face (F2F) teaching. As educational technology continues to improve the possibilities for blended course design multiply. Blended design can integrate all three times that the learner engages with the material: before, during, and after class. The flexibility of blended courses allows teachers to imaginatively redesign almost any course to best fit the needs of the learners and the increased flexibility for learners provides more accessibility to higher education. And if, when a course is redesigned, the focus remains on enhanced learning then student learning should increase: students will be able to more effectively monitor their own progress toward established learning outcomes. The notion that a teacher explains a concept to a student then sends the student away to study the explanation has never been pedagogically effective and with the increase of technology in and out of the classroom such an approach can no longer be justified The outline below offers guidelines on organizing your blended course: Choose a Format Create Learning Goals Divide the Content Assess Student Learning  

Ideas about Learning

All three lists from excellent pedagogical scholars were written to improve learning without focusing on technology. As you carefully read each list consider how technology used in a blended course can help with each suggestion. How Learning Works (Ambrose, Bridges, DiPietro, Lovett, and Norman) Learner-Centered Teaching (Weimer) Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education (Chickering & Gamson)

Adapted from the Magna Online Seminar presentation, 10 Ways to Improve Blended Learning Course Design, 2014.