After reading Chapter 1 and listening to the Webinar and interviews, I feel that there is much more to developing an exceptional blended learning course than I realized. There are many benefits to this method of learning. It can be beneficial to students, instructors, and administration. But there are also many challenges associated with developing/delivering a successful blended learning program. To summarize my thoughts, I have generated the list below which includes the key elements that I feel are most important in meeting the following goal:
How can we make blended learning “the best of both worlds” ?
- Clearly define course objectives before developing course activities, assignments and assessments.
- Define the Instructor’s role – Is it directive or facilitative?
- Decide the level of interaction or collaboration that should be required of students (some courses may lend themselves to more than others)
- Be sure to develop content and learning activities that provide for plenty of practice and repetition.
- Choose the type of learning activity (lecture, discussion, case study, simulation, reading assignment, etc.) that best conveys each objective of the lesson.
- Be prepared to revise and adapt according to the students’ needs: “Knowing what works and what does not comes with experience.”
- Incorporate the following elements:
- Live events. Synchronous activities. Lectures, video conferences, and chat session.
- Self-Paced Learning. Tutorials or other self-paced modules of instruction.
- Collaboration. Allow students to communicate with others, via discussion boards, blogs, video conferences, chats, etc.
- Assessment. Use the most effective form of assessment for each objective. It may be a multiple choice quiz or an in-dept written assignment to communicate critical thinking and analysis of the subject.
- Support Materials. Provide reference material to the students: FAQs, reference tables, summarized content, etc. This help the student retain the information.
By completing this course, I hope to become more familiar with the tools and methods for developing an extraordinary blended learning experience – one that brings together the “best of both worlds”!
I love how giulia.forsythe incorporated the kitchen blender into this graphic image of blended learning. It demonstrates the importance of have the right “mix” in the blender.