Implementing Blended Learning Courses: How To Design, Develop & Scale
In recent years blended (or hybrid) learning has gained prominence among academic leaders, teachers, and researchers as a strategic response to the need for increased access and reduced cost in higher education. Blended courses have great potential to positively impact the instructional, operational, and financial models of campuses. Blended classes are characterized by a percentage reduction of in-class time, and instructional content and activities are shifted online and offered asynchronously or synchronously.
This webinar will feature two blended learning experts who helped launched a campus-wide blended learning initiative at a medium-size, teaching university, starting with a research project that identified several design elements that contribute to student success in blended courses. These include: 1) Learner control; 2) Learner reflection; 3) Time on task; 4) Collaboration; 5) Social presence; and 6) Motivation. Along with technology training, these blended learning principles form the foundation for the new blended learning faculty certification program on campus.
The presenters will share some of the lessons learned related to starting, supporting, and scaling blended learning initiatives on campuses and help participants to consider blended learning strategies on their campuses.
- Discuss national trends and important factors related to blended learning initiatives
- Identify several research-based design elements critical to the success of student outcomes in a blended learning environment
- Examine essential components related to preparing and supporting faculty to develop and teach blended courses
- Recommend implementation plans and strategies needed to scale blended learning across the campus
- 2-year & 4-year institutions
- Academic Affairs/Instruction
- Faculty (full and part-time)
- Dean of Instruction
- Department Chairs
- Online Learning Administrators & Staff
- Faculty who teach or plan to teach online/hybrid courses
- Online Learning Professionals
- Instructional Designers
- Any educator interested in blended learning
“Blended learning provides an avenue for faculty who are currently teaching face-to-face courses to explore integrating technology and perhaps eventually teach an online course, which can reach a broader market.”
Ann Kwinn is Director of Instructional Strategy for the Office of Innovative Teaching and Technology at Azusa Pacific University, where she supports faculty and conducts research in blended and online course design and oversees the blended learning certification program. Before coming to APU, Ann served as VP, Interactive Learning for CallSource and was Director of e-Learning for Clark Training & Consulting. Ann co-wrote the book, The New Virtual Classroom, with Ruth Clark, and is co-author of the e-books, The eLearning Guild’s Handbook on Synchronous eLearning and the Guild Research 360 Report on Synchronous Learning Systems. She helped to develop and taught for Bellevue University’s MS in Instructional Design & Development program, and was a Contributing Scholar and Instructor for Walden University. Ann is currently on the advisory committee of UC Irvine’s eLearning Instructional Design Certificate Program. She holds a Ph.D. in Instructional Technology from USC and was a research fellow for the Educational Testing Service.
“Studies have consistently shown that student learning outcomes in blended courses are equivalent or better than purely face-to-face or online courses. Moreover, blended courses affords unique flexibility, variety, and quality in pedagogical practices.”
Michael Truong's passion lies at the intersection of pedagogy, technology, and faith and their potential to transform higher education. He has extensive teaching experience, having taught for over a decade at research-intensive and teaching-focused universities. His higher education experience includes being a faculty, an educational developer, an instructional designer, an academic technologist, and most recently, an academic administrator. In his current role as the Executive Director of the Office of Innovative Teaching and Technology at Azusa Pacific University, he provides leadership, strategy, and stewardship for the planning, implementation, and on-going assessment of current and emerging technology, aimed at improving teaching and learning for over 1,000 faculty and 10,000 students. He regularly publishes in the field of the scholarship of teaching and learning, actively gives workshops and presentations at local, state, and national conferences, and frequently consults with higher education institutions, including faith-based schools, on various topics related to teaching, technology, and faith.
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