Welcome to this Module on Developing Blended Learning
This follows on from the previous module on Learning Design. At its core Blended Learning is about taking the best of the face-to-face learning environment (hands-on work, personal interactions, networking etc.) and the online environment (flexibility of place, path, pace and time, the abundance of resources and tools etc.) to design the best possible learning experience. For it to be truly effective, it's often best to evaluate and redesign your current learning and assessment activities.
It is important to realise that Blended Learning is not just about introducing technology into your teaching.
Remember you can 'check off' your activities as you work through to help you monitor your own progress.
Watch this video. Erin McCloskey, Director of Curriculum, Distance Education Professional Development at the University of Wisconson-Madison, describes key concepts and provides fundamental background information regarding distinctions between online and blended learning.
Watch this video. It expands on the Christensen Institute's models for blended learning as mentioned in the introductory reading.
It's important to understand that the models exist only to provide a framework and a shared language. Blended Learning is really a continuum with more face-to-face/less online at one end and less face-to-face/more online at the other. How you choose the ratio of face-to-face/online should be determined by the benefit to learners and their abilities and attitudes.
Complete the MixMap below. This MixMap allows you to begin making decisions about what will happen face-to-face vs. online vs. in-between in your blended learning course. There are countless approaches to leveraging the component modalities. Just be mindful not to develop two parallel courses.
As we saw earlier, one way of framing your learning design is by exploring different blended learning models.
Choose at least one of the following models to explore further. Each 'module' briefly explains the model, provides an example of how it has been implemented and then gives you an activity to allow you to create your own plan.