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Blended Content and Assignments

Focus Question

How and when will I introduce and collect student work?

Objectives

After completing all of this week’s activities, you should be able to:

  • Introduce each week’s (or other unit of time) required student work
  • Present online content to students
  • Edit template files to create accessible online content pages

Readings

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 4: Blended Content and Assignments [html file; size=21b]

Highlights

Even if you’re pressed for time, this chapter is short enough that you should still be able to skim it in its entirety.

 Reading Reaction

Document your reaction to this week’s reading  in your blog or other public platform.  If you are participating in the BlendKit course, you may enter your reaction in the Reading Reaction: Chapter 04 activity in the Canvas BlendKit course.  Bloggers, if you want to earn a badge for this activity, please enter the direct URL to your blog posting in the Week 04 Blog activity in the Canvas BlendKit course.

DIY Project Tasks

This week’s development task is to articulate your strategies for a well-integrated (face-to-face + online) blended course and to produce modules (i.e., HTML pages that present content, provide access to assignment instructions you created last week, or both) for uploading to the online portion of your blended learning course. You may wish to refer to last week’s Creating Assignment Instructions document. If you already have existing online content resources, you may wish to either link these from your module pages or to include them in the module as in-line content.

  1. Blended Course Integration Chart [docx file; size=26kb]
  2. Create Module Pages [pdf file; size=758kb]
    Step-by-step instructions for creating your module pages. (Includes an example module.) The following template file may be useful to you in completing the steps contained in the above document:
  3. Module Template [docx file; size=12kb]

Blogging/Social Networking

Post to your blog your reflections 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. To earn a badge, please enter a direct URL to your blog posting in the Reading Reaction: Chapter 04 and Week 04 Blog activities in the Canvas BlendKit course, as appropriate.

Is there a one-liner from the readings that you loved (or hated)? Consider posting quotes from this week’s readings or sharing your thoughts related to the readings, the DIY tasks, or any related topic via Twitter. If you’re using Twitter, please include the hashtag #BlendKit2017.

Have you found a good resource on blended learning? You might 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.

What do good blended course online modules look like? Consider taking a digital photo or screen capture of online module examples shared by a colleague (or one of your completed modules). Post it to Flickr, and tag it with  “blendkit.” (See blendkit tagged items on Flickr.)

If you are participating in the BlendKit course and wish to earn a badge for contributing to our information stream during Week 04, please submit the direct URL to your social media posting in the Week 04 Info Stream assignment in the Canvas BlendKit course.

Commenting

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 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 04’s learning activities, please join us for this week’s 30 minute webinar on Monday, March 27, 2017 at 1:00pm (US ET; -4 UTC) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TB1Ix4pZusU .

If you are unable to join us in real time, watch the recording on YouTube after the session.

Have Feedback?

How’s it going so far? Have suggestions for making the BlendKit Course better? Please don’t hesitate to send an email to the BlendKit team at anytime. However, we’d also love to compile everyone’s quick feedback via the Week 04 Feedback Form. Please consider taking a moment or two to let us know how the BlendKit Course is going for you.