Definition of Blended Courses
At APU, blended classes deliver at least 33% but less than 50% of their instruction in an online format and include required classroom attendance and online instruction, which can be either synchronous or asynchronous. Compared to in-person classes, blended classes have substantial activity conducted online, which substitutes for some classroom meetings.
Blended Learning Certificate
The Blended Learning Certificate serves as the official process for certifying the quality of blended courses offered and the qualifications of faculty members who teach them. In other words, all APU blended courses must undergo an approval process, and all faculty who teach blended courses must go through a certification process. Both processes begin with submitting an application (see link below). For more details about these processes, please refer to the Blended Course section of the Instruction Modes page. If you have any questions about this process, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blended Learning Design and Instruction
- Training materials (APU blended learning workshop series containing videos, handouts, and further readings)
- Blended Learning Toolkit (A practice resource developed by UCF to assist faculty who are designing and developing blended courses)
- Online Classroom (Practical strategies for effective blended and online instruction)
- Pedagogical Repository (A robust repository of resources by UCF on blended teaching strategies)
- Course Redesign Institute (A weeklong summer intensive institute preparing faculty to design and teach blended courses)
Blended Learning Research
- APU Blended Learning Final Report (A yearlong study of the viability of blended learning at APU)
- Blending In: The Extent and Promise of Blended Education in the United States (A three-year national study focused on blended instruction)
- Blended Learning Bibliography (A list of key studies related to blended learning effectiveness and best practices)