Designing Blended Learning

Catalog Description:
Designing Blended Learning course is an interactive e-learning experience that will help teachers develop an understanding of blended learning, including what it is and how it benefits students. Through many examples, they will consider how to create blended learning experiences for their students and what to address when designing these experiences. In addition, they will see how technology tools can foster collaboration while delivering engaging instructional content. They will also learn strategies for assessing students and managing a blended learning classroom.

Allow 5 - 7 hours per session for completion of all requirements.

Participants are expected to have regular access to computers. In addition, participants should be proficient with using email, browsing the Internet, and navigating to computer files.

Goals and Objectives:
During this course, participants will learn skills and strategies to:

  • Learn the characteristics of 21st century classrooms.
  • Review 21st century skills and consider how they are assessed.
  • Understand the role of formative and summative assessment.
  • Understand the purposes of assessment in the 21st century classroom.
  • Review assessment methods.
  • Learn characteristics of effective rubrics.
  • Explore the Assessing Projects library.
  • Understand how assessment is integrated in instructional activities.
  • Review information and research about self and peer assessment.
  • Understand how student-teacher conferences enhance assessment.
  • Explore ways to assess learning over time through portfolios.
  • Review assessment instruments for different purposes.
  • Learn to plan assessment around standards and 21st century skills.
  • Develop an assessment plan that describes how and why different assessments are used.
  • Create assessments for a unit or project.
  • Learn strategies to help students transition to new assessment roles.
  • Create activities and resources to support self-assessment.
  • Learn ways to schedule, perform, and record ongoing assessment.
  • Use assessment data to guide reflection, set goals, and plan instruction.
  • Create a process to use assessments for grading purposes.
  • Learn to plan assessments around state standards, Common Core, and 21st Century Skills. 
  • Develop a personal action plan for instruction including alignment to targeted and appropriate Common Core and/or state standards.

Course Outline:
Orientation: (1-2 hours)
Participants will prepare for the course with an introductory reading and ice breaker activity. Participants will read tip sheets for participating in online discussions, credit information, and complete an orientation survey.

Session One: Blended Learning Overview (5-7 hours)
Session One explores how blended learning benefits students. Teachers will become more familiar with essential features of blended learning and examine a variety of blended learning approaches by exploring different blended learning classrooms. Like never before, we have the technology to transform education—bringing it into the digital age and making it more personally meaningful and relevant for students. Blended learning, the integration of face-to-face and online learning, can help achieve this. In this session, you will begin to understand how blended learning benefits students. You will become more familiar with essential features of blended learning and examine a variety of blended learning approaches by exploring different blended learning classrooms. You will also hear from two teachers, Larry and Marta, who are transitioning from traditional classrooms to blended learning.

Session Two: A Blended Learning Framework (5-7 hours)
Session Two supports teachers in designing blended learning in their classroom.  Teachers learn about a framework for planning blended learning and begin to design a blended learning experience for their students.

Session Three: Tools and Resources for Blended Learning (5-7 hours)
Session Three explores how technology fosters student communication and learning in a digital environment.  Teachers learn about specific tools and how they can become integral components of their blended learning classroom.  In addition, they explore professional resources to support and enhance teaching in a blended learning environment.

Session Four: Assessment and Blended Learning (5-7 hours)
Session Four explores ways to integrate assessment into a blended learning environment.  Teachers also explore the opportunities and challenges for effective assessment.

Session Five: Blended Learning Implementation (5-7 hours)
Session Five explores practical methods and considerations for implementing blended learning in the classroom.  Teachers learn how to support and prepare both students and parents for their transitioning roles.  They also explore classroom management strategies that support active learning in a blended classroom.

Session Six: Sharing, Reviewing, and Long Term Planning (5-7 hours)
Session Six will have participants sharing their blended final project with others as well as peer reviewing each other’s plans. In addition, participants will begin creating a long term plan to look at how they can incorporate blended elements longer term—ongoing elements that are not specific to just one unit or lessons. Resources and tools from the Clayton Christensen Institute will help participants plan and think in broader terms.


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