Essentials for Blended Learning provides a practical, streamlined approach for creating effective learning experiences by blending online activities and the best of face-to-face teaching. Effective blended learning requires rethinking of teaching practices and a redesign of course structure. Suitable for instructors in any content area, this book simplifies these difficult challenges without neglecting important opportunities to transform teaching. The revised second edition is more streamlined and easier to use, and includes more real-world examples of blended teaching and learning, the latest technologies, and additional research-based learning activities.
Table of Contents
Introduction to this Guide
PART 1: Understanding Blended Learning
Chapter 1 - Blended Teaching and Learning
Chapter 2 - Examples of Blended Learning
Chapter 3 - Blending to Maximize Engagement
Chapter 4: A Process for Blended Course Design
PART 2: Designing Your Blended Course
Chapter 5: Begin Your Blend from Outcomes
Chapter 6: Blending Assessments to Improve Learning
Chapter 7: Blending Learning Activities Online
Chapter 8: Blending Learning Activities Onsite
Chapter 9: Setting Up Your Online Environment
Chapter 10: Ongoing Improvement of Your Blended Course
Appendix 1: Blended Course Standards Checklist
Appendix 2: Matching Learning Outcomes to Cognitive Processes
Jared Stein is Vice President of Higher Education Strategy at Instructure, and Advisor with RareBird Consulting.
Charles R. Graham is Department Chair of Instructional Psychology & Technology at Brigham Young University, USA.
"Essentials for Blended Learning is an accessible, practical guide for educators interested in integrating online technology into their courses and programs. The authors successfully promote the idea that quality in instructional design requires thought, deliberation, and firm pedagogical grounding. As education turns more to blended learning, this book provides invaluable insights."—Anthony G. Picciano, Professor, Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York, USA
"This book far outstrips anything currently on the market in its combination of depth, clarity, and practicality. A refreshingly modern take on the subject, it integrates solid research on blended course design with a concise, step-by-step approach to building blended courses. Novice faculty will appreciate being led gently through the process of creating a blended course, while more experienced designers will find reading it cover-to-cover a pleasant way to brush up on new trends in the field. Faculty developers will perhaps find it most useful of all – if you are looking for a single book on blended learning to give to your workshop participants, this is the one." —Michael Caulfield, Director of Blended and Networked Learning, Washington State University Vancouver
"The second edition of Essentials for Blended Learning: A Standards-Based Guide provides teachers, instructional designers,and educators with an accessible and practical guide to blended course design. Today, Blended Learning (BL) constitutes a major area of research within the field of education and is recently facing a renewed interest due to the unprecedented conditions imposed by COVID-19, which forced institutions worldwide to turn to this delivery format as an aspect of emergency remote teaching (ERT).
[...]Particular attention is devotedto blended rhythm, organization, activities,and assessments. The examples are introduced by a set of questions which encourage critical reflection and highlight the choices involved in both building a blended course and in creating its online space."
-Giorgia Andreolli, Iperstoria