BLENDED LEARNING ESSENTIALS
Blended Learning Essentials is a short blended learning course that integrates a self-paced and instructor-led curriculum for the purpose of helping faculty design a blended learning design for their courses. With emerging interested in blended learning simmering on campus, I teamed up with colleagues to develop a course that answers the following questions:
What is blended learning at the university?
What does a blended course design look like?
What academic technologies and other resources are available to faculty for blended learning?
What are best practices for implementing a blended learning course design?
Understanding that faculty have a diversity of prior knowledge on subjects such as course design, blended learning, and academic technologies, we decided to focus on outlining a self-paced course with semesterly opportunities to join a live faculty-led cohort to discuss the course materials and work on course designs together.
With these essential questions and audience in mind, we came up with the following course outline:
Modules = Self-paced; Day = Instructor-led
Module 0: Anchoring Our Understanding
Module 1: The What and Why of Blended Learning
Day 1: Exploring Blended Learning Fundamentals in Your Context
Module 2: Designing Your Blended Learning Lesson or Unit
Day 2: Developing Your Blended Course Design Strategy
Module 3: Finding and Creating Resources for your Blend
Day 3: Sharing your Curated and Developed Resources
Module 4: Implementing and Evaluating Your Blend
Day 4: Sharing Strategies for Implementing and Evaluating Your Blend in Your Context
Module 5: Conclusion
As we discussed each section we came to the conclusion that our content would be enhanced by faculty interviews. When learning something new, faculty often like to hear about a peer's journey and any disciplinary specific insights that may resonate with them. I leveraged my network of faculty already doing this work and sent them an invitation to be interviewed for the project along with a series of interview questions. I coordinated scheduling and setup times to interview them in our studio.