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Designing Blended Learning

Course Description

This interactive e-learning experience will help teachers develop an understanding of blended learning, including what it is and how it benefits students. Through many examples, they will consider how to create blended learning experiences for their students and what to address when designing these experiences. In addition, they will see how technology tools can foster collaboration while delivering engaging instructional content. They will also learn strategies for assessing students and managing a blended learning classroom.

Course Goals

  • Learn about blended learning and how it benefits students.
  • Identify the range of blended learning implementation models on the blended learning continuum.
  • See how blended learning requires a shift in instruction, roles, and technology integration.
  • Consider how content standards, objectives, and blended learning purposes will impact decisions about planning for blended learning.
  • Review the availability of technology for the blended classroom.
  • Explore how instructional activities can be integrated into a blended learning environment.
  • Develop a plan to implement blended learning in your classroom.
  • Examine methods for using online platforms to foster student communication and learning in a digital environment.
  • Explore and select online resources and digital tools for blended learning.
  • Investigate professional support resources for teachers in blended learning environments.
  • Learn about the various purposes for assessment in blended learning environments.
  • Explore formative assessment strategies for blended classrooms.
  • Consider the benefits of summative assessment methods.
  • Design your own Assessment Timeline.
  • Explore considerations for implementing effective blended learning programs.
  • Learn management techniques for creating safe and ethical blended learning environments that support social collaboration.
  • Examine common challenges associated with blended learning implementation and how you can address these challenges.

Course Length

This facilitated course is divided into six modules: an orientation module and five content-based modules. The time for completing each module is estimated to be 4–6 hours, and the
total amount of time required for the entire course is estimated to be 30 hours.

Course Requirements

Successful completion of the course will be based on the following requirements:

  • Participants must complete the course activities and readings in each module.
  • Participants must post at least three times in each module discussion forum (their post and a reply to two other posts).
  • Participants must complete the course’s final action plan project and submit a summary on the discussion board.

Discussion Participation

Participants are required to post a minimum of three substantive posts in each discussion forum. Participants will be evaluated on the frequency and quality of their discussion board participation. Postings will be reviewed based on their relevance, demonstrated understanding of course concepts, examples cited, overall quality, degree to which they extend the discussion, and tone.

Final Action Plan Project

As a final project, participants will complete an action plan for incorporating course concepts in their own classrooms. Participants are expected to work independently on the final action plan project throughout the course. Each participant is expected to submit a summary of their “Designing Blended Learning” plan on the discussion board at the end of Module 5.

Course Modules

Module 1: Blended Learning Overview

Module 1 explores how blended learning benefits students. Teachers will become more familiar with essential features of blended learning and examine a variety of blended learning approaches by exploring different blended learning classrooms.

Module 2: A Blended Learning Framework

Module 2 supports teachers in designing blended learning in their classroom. Teachers learn about a framework for planning blended learning and begin to design a blended learning experience for their students.

Module 3: Tools and Resources for Blended Learning

Module 3 explores how technology fosters student communication and learning in a digital environment. Teachers learn about specific tools and how they can become integral components of their blended learning classroom. In addition, they explore professional resources to support and enhance teaching in a blended learning environment.

Module 4: Assessment and Blended Learning

Module 4 explores ways to integrate assessment into a blended learning environment. Teachers also explore the opportunities and challenges for effective assessment.

Module 5: Blended Learning Implementation

Module 5 explores practical methods and considerations for implementing blended learning in the classroom. Teachers learn how to support and prepare both students and parents for their transitioning roles. They also explore classroom management strategies that support active learning in a blended classroom.

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