In this facilitated online course, you will be introduced to essential and foundational information about blended learning. We will share key definitions, strategies, examples, and reflective activities primarily presented in multimedia format. The goal of the course is for you to have a basic understanding of the different forms of blended learning and how you might integrate them into your coursework.
This professional development activity/course is designed for:
- Instructors and administrators who are implementing blended learning for the first time this year
- Those who have experience but have not had previous training or want a brush-up
- Those who are considering adding blended learning to their program and wish to have an overview of what is entailed
Introduction to Blended Learning contains three narrated modules and a final text-based module. Each module contains a discussion forum for processing the information and sharing ideas for implementation at your program. A study guide is provided as a downloadable document to help direct your learning.
The online course will run between January 29 and February 12.
- The facilitator will provide your program with up to one hour of coaching if requested.
The total time for this PD activity is approximately 5 hours, depending on your pace and style of learning, including the optional hour of coaching. We estimate the time as follows:
- Facilitated online course: approximately 4 hours
- Optional: up to 1 hour of customized coaching for your program
This course was developed by the IDEAL Consortium. As a Massachusetts adult educator, you benefit from our state’s membership in the Consortium, a nationally respected organization that helps member states establish quality, innovative distance programs.
Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:
- Define blended learning, describe the models, and explain the benefits of each
- Evaluate how blended learning could address your program, student, and/or community needs, or take a fresh look to see if additional needs could be responded to in an existing blended learning program
- Draft a plan for implementation of a new program or enhancement of an existing program, including the group of students to initially focus on, selection of a blended learning model, online instructional resources to use, and naming desired outcomes