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Blended Learning Design and Instruction

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Description

This course is an overview of blended learning, a strategy that combines online and traditional instruction. Participants will actively discuss topics related to blended learning and will collaborate with peers in research, analysis, and assessment of blended course design elements and technologies. There are opportunities for practice with the blended techniques as well as exercises in planning the curriculum for including the blended modalities. This course will interest faculty and staff who want to acquire educational and technical skills needed to successfully teach or administer with blended courses, as well as those interested in learning different techniques to help them in any educational environment.

Audience

Faculty members and academic professionals responsible for evaluating possibilities for developing a course in a blended format.

Topics

The following topics will be covered:

  • Blended learning definitions, its learning options and alternatives.
  • Perspectives on blended learning.
  • Technologies of blended learning.
  • The Flipped Classroom model.
  • The true blended model.
  • Blended courses in the curriculum.
  • Developing a program for blended.
  • Redesign of f2f courses with blended learning elements.
  • Inserting blended options into programs.
  • Building a community of support.
  • Proposing a blended alternative.

Outline

Module 1: Definitions of Blended Learning

In this module participants will make introductions and discuss the evolution of modern blended learning's meaning and application to the classroom.

Module 2: Perspectives on Blended Learning

In this module participants will explore perspectives from students and colleagues on the impact of blended learning on education.<

Module 3: Technology Issues & Applications

In this module participants will answer questions dealing with technological issues raised by blended learning and in this way expand understanding of the blended process.

Module 4: Flipping Classrooms

In this module learners will apply the concept of the Flipped Classroom model to our own classrooms.

Module 5: A True Blended Model

In this module learners will apply the concept of a true blended model to modern classrooms.

Module 6: Blended in the Curriculum

In this module learners will explore practical ways to apply techniques and strategies that will increase student success through blended-based curriculum choices.

Module 7: Digging Deeper into Blended Options

In this module participants will dig deeper into the application of the innovative new approaches to blended classrooms and the institution's course catalog.

Module 8: Collegiate & Institutional Support

In this module participants will rely on collaboration and advocacy skills so that we can share the benefits of the blended learning with administrators. We will also summarize the major issues of blended learning explored during this course in a modified version of an e-portfolio.

Goals

Participants will be able to make informed decisions about design and implementation of a blended learning environment, combining elements of on-ground and online teaching and learning.

Objectives

As a result of completing course activities and interacting in discussion forums, learners will be able to:

  • Explore and express various definitions of blended learning.
  • Interpret what other faculty and students feel about blended learning and be able to share these insights in reflective posts.
  • Examine and explain different applications of emerging technologies for blended teaching and learning.
  • Create lesson plans for the Flipped Classroom.
  • Create lesson plans for the True Blended Learning classroom.
  • Express what blended learning models bring to the higher education learning environment.
  • Encourage an understanding of the attributes of blended learning to colleagues and administrators.
  • Develop and write an executive summary proposal to administrators advocating for blended learning courses.

Length

Eight weeks

Prerequisites

None

Requirements

Participants will be expected to engage in the course at least four to five times per week, every week.

Delivery

This course will be conducted entirely online.

Workload

Participants should expect to spend 6-10 hours/week engaged in online reading and interaction plus time off-line in reading, synthesis, and evaluation.

Credit Options

Taking a course for CEUs:
Registration for this course is open to the general public, but there is a registration fee for participants who are not faculty members of the University of Illinois. The fee is determined by the number of contact hours and online discussion requirements for the course. To view the fee schedule for a specific section of this course, visit the Schedule and click on the link for that section (e.g. SA1021).

Taking a course for Graduate Credit through the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS):
All of our courses except the Advanced Online Seminars may be taken for graduate courses through UIS. You do not pay twice if you choose this route. You pay only the tuition associated with UIS enrollment. If you choose to enroll through UIS, you need to follow the instructions. You do not register through this ION site.

Fees

A fee is incurred for anyone enrolled in an Advanced Online Seminar, although there is a discount for ION members. (Only Diamond level ION partners are exempt.) The fee is determined by the number of contact hours and online discussion requirements for the course. To view the fee schedule for a specific section of this course, visit the Schedule and click on the link for that section (e.g. TM1051).

Taking a course for Graduate Credit through the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS):
Most MVCR courses [not the Advanced Online Seminars] may be taken for graduate credit through UIS. You do not pay twice if you choose this route. You pay only the tuition and fees associated with UIS enrollment. If you choose to enroll through UIS, you need to follow the instructions. You do not register through this site.

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Taking Courses for Academic Credit

Most 8-week MVCR courses can also be taken for academic credit through the University of Illinois at Springfield.

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Suggested Tracks

Instruction Centric

  • Online Learning
  • Instructional Design
  • Student Assessment
  • Encouraging Comm.
  • Elective
  • Practicum

Technology Centric

  • Online Learning
  • Technology Tools
  • Instructional Design
  • Student Assessment
  • Elective (Multimedia or Sims, Labs, Games, and VR)
  • Practicum

Support Professional

  • Online Learning
  • Instructional Design
  • Student Assessment
  • Universal Design
  • Elective (Supporting Students, Copyright, Global eLearning, Blended/Hybrid, Librarians Collaborating, Multimedia Principles)
  • Practicum

COLA - track

  • Administration Seminar
  • Quality Assurance
  • Issues and Strategies in Faculty Training
  • Supporting Students Online

Choose one of the following three for your elective:

  • Administration of Online Programs
  • Copyright
  • Blended - Hybrid Learning Design and Instruction
  • Practicum for Administrators
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"A large part of what has me really jazzed about this online course we're doing is that it has me rethinking HOW I teach in both f2f and online settings."     

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The MVCR program won the Award for Excellence in ALN Faculty Develop-ment (in conjunction with other ION programs) from the Sloan-consortium in 2002. One of our instructors won the WebCT Exemplary Online Course Award for an MVCR course as well.

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