Blended Learning

What is the purpose of this project?

  • The primary purpose of the Blended Learning Project is
    to explore ways to leverage technology to produce better
    learning outcomes for APU students.

How are blended classes defined?

  • Blended classes are characterized by a percentage reduction of in-class time, and instructional activities are shifted online and can be either asynchronous or synchronous.
  • Blended classes are different from “flipped classrooms,” which shift lectures/instruction to an online environment without any reduction in classroom time. However, blended classes can employ a flipped strategy.

What are some typical ways to ‘blend’ a course?

  • Replace and/or augment in-class lectures with self-recorded and/or available free online lectures (e.g., iTunesU, OER, etc.) on related topics.
  • Replace and/or augment traditional course materials with prepackaged learning materials, etextbooks with social annotations, and other open educational resources.
  • Replace and/or augment traditional assignments with multimedia assignments (e.g., eportfolios, audio/video essays, blogs, etc.) and/or project-based, experiential, and/or gaming curriculum.

What factors contribute to an effective blended learning experience?

  • Well-designed curriculum, effective pedagogy, appropriate student services, and robust faculty development and support are essential ingredients for an effective blended learning experience. Moreover, a well-designed blended course typically takes about 4–6 months of preparations.

What resources are available for faculty interested in blended learning?

How do I get more information?

  • Contact associate professor and instructional designer Ann Kwinn, Ph.D., to schedule a consultation.