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Essentials for Blended Learning, 2nd Edition

A Standards-Based Guide, 2nd Edition

By Jared Stein, Charles R. Graham


256 pages | 70 B/W Illus.

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Paperback: 9781138486324
pub: 2020-03-24
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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 user, and includes more real-world examples of blended teaching and learning, the latest technologies, and additional research-based learning activities.


"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

Table of Contents

Introduction to this Guide

PART ONE: 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 TWO: 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

About the Authors

Jared Stein is Vice President of Higher Education Strategy at Instructure.

Charles R. Graham is Department Chair of Instructional Psychology & Technology at Brigham Young University, USA.

About the Series

Essentials of Online Learning

Essentials of Online Learning series

This highly practical, easily-applied series of professional guides provides:

  • Standards: a clearly outlined set of standards are at the core of each individual book
  • Step-by-step learning: the development process progressively builds upon itself as you move through each book, making even complex concepts easy to understand regardless of your technological background or content-area expertise
  • Emphasis on design: the series emphasizes strong visual, pedagogical, and organizational design
  • Numerous examples: screenshots, video clips, and other "real-world" examples are utilized heavily throughout the books and companion websites
  • Voices of practitioners: the experiences of professionals working "in the field" are provided in their own words
  • Companion websites: each book in the series will have its own companion website which will link to the continuously updated series hub site

Online education still evokes a good deal of frustration, negativity, and wariness in teachers and learners.  However, the online learning experience can be at least as satisfying and engaging as the face-to-face learning experience if designed properly. Essentials of Online Learning provides readers with the knowledge and skills necessary to be a great online teacher.

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