The primary purpose of this project is to explore whether and how the blended course model can enhance and enrich the student learning experience at APU.
How is a blended course defined?
Blended (or hybrid) learning refers to courses that are delivered with a varying mix of face-to-face (f2f) and online instruction. At APU, a blended course is defined as having a 20–50% reduced classroom time.
At APU, a typical undergraduate course meets about three hours a week for 15 weeks in a semester, totaling 45 hours. Depending on the blend, a course might reduce classroom time by as little as 9 hours (20% online) to as much as 22.5 hours (50% online).
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, and use class time for discussion.
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.
Who are the participants?
Research Cohort: A small number of full-time, undergraduate faculty who meet certain criteria will be selected for the research cohort. Faculty in this cohort will receive dedicated support for the design and delivery of blended courses and a small stipend at the conclusion of their participation.
Teaching Cohort: Full-time faculty who are interested in exploring the blended delivery of courses but do not meet the criteria of the research study will be selected for the teaching cohort. About 20 faculty will be selected, and they will receive general support and training in preparing to teach blended courses.
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.
Teaching students in a blended learning model “takes a village,” including library staff, course designers, tutors, instructional technologists, and various other support staff who are creating, maintaining, and continually improving the learning experience for students.
Fall 2013: Faculty identified for project; initial training offered.
Spring 2014: Training offered for blended course design.
Fall 2014: Launch blended courses.
How do I get more information?
Please contact Mike Truong, executive director of the Office of Innovative Teaching and Technology, for more information.
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