Understanding Blended Learning
What will my blend be?
After completing all of this week’s activities, you should be able to:
- Identify the general benefits of blended learning
- Recognize a range of implementation options possible in developing blended learning courses
- Articulate design plans for “blending” one of the courses you teach
If you haven’t already done so, please select the online/offline version of the BlendKit Reader that is best for you. In addition to the individual chapter linked below, the complete reader is available as an ebook (epub or Kindle formats), pdf, or in HTML.
This Week’s Chapter
Chapter 1: Understanding Blended Learning [html file; size=45b]
If you’re pressed for time, focus on the following excerpt from Chapter 1:
Reading Reaction Form
Please use the Chapter 01 Reading Reaction Form to document your written reaction to this week’s reading. If you’ve already posted your reaction to your blog or other public platform, you may enter the url on this form.
DIY Project Tasks
This week’s development task is to conceptualize your blended learning course. We’ll operationalize this a bit by producing two design documents:
- Course Blueprint: Blank template with instructions [Word doc; size=349kb]
Makes evident the existing design of your course along with any gaps. Think of the Blueprint as a working draft. But starting with it will guide your thinking about other development tasks in the weeks ahead.
- Mix Map: Blank template with instructions [Word doc; size=45kb] Completed sample [pdf file; size=24kb]
Allows you to begin making decisions about what will happen face-to-face v. online v. in-between in your blended learning course. There are countless approaches to leveraging the component modalities. Just beware of developing two parallel courses!
Post to your blog your thoughts related to this week’s activities. For a list of ideas to blog about or for help getting started, please see the BlendKit Course blogging resources.
Not into blogging? Consider sharing your quick thoughts related to the readings, the DIY tasks, or any related topic via HootCourse or Twitter. If you’re using Twitter, please include the hashtag #BlendKit2012. If you’re using HootCourse, you do not need to include the hashtag.
You might also consider using the Diigo social bookmarking site to bookmark (and comment upon) any helpful web resources you’ve found this week. These might be links you followed from the course materials or resources you found on your own. If you join the BlendKit “group” on Diigo, you’ll be able to share bookmarks directly with the group. You might consider taking a look at this brief Flash-based tutorial on Diigo groups if you haven’t used Diigo groups before.
Want to try something completely different? Take a digital photo related to blended learning in general or this week’s topics in particular. Post it to Flickr, and tag it with “blendkit.” (See blendkit tagged items on Flickr.)
Any of the above social networking contributions you undertake should eventually show up in the BlendKit Course RSS feed. Subscribe to the RSS feed using your preferred reader Note: Registered participants receive a daily digest of these interactions via email.
Take a few minutes to read the BlendKit Course blog postings of others, and leave behind a comment or two. You may find such blog postings linked from HootCourse or by exploring the list of blogs posted by other participants. (You can find tips for making blog comments on Grammar Girl’s web site.)
Weekly Real Time Session
After completing all of Week 01’s learning activities, please join us for this week’s 30 minute webinar on Monday, October 1, 2012 at 1:00pm ( US ET; -4 UTC) at http://ucf.adobeconnect.com/blendkit2012. [Note: Select "Enter as a Guest."]
If you are unable to join us in real time, the recording of the Adobe Connect session will be posted afterward on the session archive page for review at your convenience.
How’s it going so far? Have suggestions for making the BlendKit Course better? Please don’t hesitate to send an email to Kelvin at anytime. However, we’d also love to compile everyone’s quick feedback via the Week 01 Feedback Form. Please consider taking a moment or two to let us know how the BlendKit Course is going for you.