Introduction to Blended Learning is designed for the teacher who has limited experience engaging students online but is interested in learning more about the concept, pedagogy, and good practice of successful blended courses. As participants engage in several online activities, they will spend time exploring current research and theories to answer the questions: What is blended learning and why is it so powerful with this generation of learners? What are design considerations for constructing a blended course? How does a blended learning approach change what my class does and looks like when face-to-face? What are the principles of effective blended learning? What are the tools needed for facilitating effective blended learning?
Participants will connect and collaborate with each other through a variety of online activities for four weeks, averaging four hours a week online. All online course work is asynchronous, allowing participants to schedule their own involvement in the course over a given week. By the end of this four-week experience, participants will understand the implications of blended learning on their own classroom and the pedagogical considerations for applying the blended learning model to their own courses.
What Participants Have Said
"If you are new to blended learning, this is the class for you. You will research, discuss and apply concepts learned through interactive online forums. It is an opportunity to take a risk and grow as a professional so that you can meet your 21st century students at the door!" - Courtney Dubois, Providence, Rhode Island
"This is a great course not only for educators who aren't familiar with blended learning but also for those who have been implementing it for a while and already feel comfortable with technology. I enjoyed evaluating my knowledge about blended learning and I learned many new strategies for approaching the topic with faculty colleagues." - Grant Russell, New Canaan, Connecticut
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