- Gives you experience as a student in a blended instruction environment
- Models good practices in blended learning
- Provides examples of blended learning designs from various disciplines
- Steps you through the thinking and activities necessary for you to write a solid proposal and create a module of your redesigned blended-learning course in Blackboard Learn
The workshop consists of three in-person meetings on March 1, March 8, and April 5 in Cline Library, Room 200; see times below) combined with a variety of online activities. By the end of the workshop you will be able to create a blended course module built out in Blackboard Learn, and you will have a plan for finishing your course redesign proposal.
Your final proposal is due at 5 p.m. on April 12, 2013 after the workshop ends.
Because this workshop focuses on how to design and teach a blended course as well as how to prepare a course redesign proposal, it does not provide extensive hands-on training in how to use Blackboard Learn and other instructional technologies. However, one of the final outcomes of the workshop is a completed course module built in Blackboard Learn, so prior to the start of Unit 4 of the workshop (which begins March 25) you need to be familiar with how to accomplish these tasks in Blackboard learn:
- Organizing content
- Developing learning activities
- Communicating with students
- Grading student work
The e-Learning Center's Blackboard Learn training covers these topics and is available through in-person workshops and online, self-paced training.
Blackboard also offers a series of video tutorials on these topics and others.
Register for the workshop through the e-Learning Center's training site.
Unit 1: What is blended learning?
In person, March 1, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.,Cline 200
- Review current research and literature on blended learning, examine how it might be implemented at NAU, and discuss its potential for student learning
- Begin the backward design process by identifying some intended learning outcomes for your course
- Align assessments and learning activities with your intended learning outcomes
Unit 2: How do I mesh online and face-to-face learning activities?
In person, March 8, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.,Cline 200
- Examine various blended learning techniques
- Consider examples of blended learning and begin to identify which kinds of learning activities and assessments are best delivered before, during, or after class
- Begin to develop an integrated approach to in-class and out-of-class activities
Unit 3: What blended learning techniques can I use?
Online, March 9-15
- Explore resources to assist you in "flipping" your classroom
- Identify ways to cover content outside of class so you can use class time to focus on problems, concepts, collaboration, and experiential learning
- Read about the replacement model of blended learning and discuss how this approach can help you save time and improve cost efficiency without sacrificing quality
Unit 4: How do I build my sample module?
Online, March 25-30
- Deconstruct a blended learning module, examining the instructor's intent in developing before-, during-, and after-class activities
- Begin to map your own sample blended learning course module, documenting your ideas as you go in Blackboard Learn
Unit 5: How do I make this work in Blackboard Learn?
Online, March 31-April 4
- Explore the tools in Blackboard Learn to determine which are best suited for your learning activities
- Begin building your sample course module in a Blackboard Learn shell
- Explore the Institutional Review Board (IRB) process at NAU so that you can later use student data when reporting on the results of your blended course redesign
- Identify how best to assess student learning and engagement in your course
Unit 6: How did I do and what do I do next?
In person, April 5, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m., Cline 200
In this last face-to-face meeting, you will
- Describe what you did in your sample blended learning module
- Examine your sample module using the evaluation criteria for the President's Technology Initiative
- Get feedback from your faculty colleagues in preparation for drafting your proposal
- Explore the communities and support available to sustain your blended learning efforts at NAU