2nd Edition

The Blended Course Design Workbook A Practical Guide

By Kathryn E. Linder, Kevin Kelly Copyright 2024
    282 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    282 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This user-friendly workbook equips faculty and administrators with best practices, activities, tools, templates, and deadlines to guide them through the process of revising traditional location-based courses into a blended format.

    Providing a step-by-step course design system that emphasizes active learning and student engagement, this book walks readers through the development of course goals and learning objectives, assignments, assessments, and student support mechanisms with an eye toward technology integration. New to this edition are the most up-to-date research on blended courses, fresh templates, tips on the latest pedagogical trends related to artificial intelligence, and two additional chapters on facilitation strategies and group work and collaboration. The authors engage in equity-minded approaches to supporting student success throughout and address the needs of specific groups, such as students with disabilities, working students, and students who are parents or caregivers.

    Offering detailed instructions for each stage of course design, this book is a must-have for college instructors looking for a blended course design blueprint.

    1. Fundamentals of Blended Teaching and Learning  2. Mapping Your Blended Course  3. Writing Course Goals and Learning Objectives  4. Assessing Student Learning in Your Blended Course  5. Online Assessment Tools with Linda Bruenjes  6. Designing Effective Learning Activities  7. Creating Social Presence in Your Blended Course  8. Effective Facilitation Strategies  9. Group Work and Collaboration in a Blended Course  10. Getting to Know Your Learning Management System with Crystal Gasell  11. Mobile Devices, Apps, and Social Media  12. Finding Resources Online  13. Creating Multimedia Resources  14. The Blended Course Syllabus  15. Preparing Your Students for Success 16. Conclusion: Getting Ready to Launch


    Kathryn E. Linder is Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Innovation and Strategy at the University of Colorado Denver, USA.

    Kevin Kelly is Educational Consultant and Lecturer at San Francisco State University, USA.

    "This thoroughly revised and updated second edition of The Blended Course Design Workbook should be on the 'must-read' list for every postsecondary educator."

    Joshua Kim, Director of Online Programs and Strategy, Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning, USA

    "Since The Blended Course Design Workbook we first released in 2016, there has been a seismic shift in what 'blended' even means. We’ve gone from mixing two modalities—location-based and asynchronous online—to a myriad continuum of offering modes that shade into each other—co-located, live remote, hyflex, hybrid, blended, asynchronous, and dozens more.

    Drs. Linder and Kelly are here to guide you with the second edition of The Blended Course Design Workbook, which has been expanded by almost 50% to incorporate new and current considerations, including effective facilitation strategies across the spectrum of modalities, how to foster group and collaborative work, and how to align your blended offerings into your existing programs and curricula.

    The authors are trusted experts in the distance-education field: they’ve been instructors and thought leaders in the space for more than 20 years, and their new edition of The Blended Course Design Workbook should be required reading in every college and university faculty-development and design-staff unit." 

    Thomas J. Tobin, Author of Evaluating Online Teaching

    "Linder and Kelly’s The Blended Course Design Workbook, Second Edition, is a practical and up-to-date resource for faculty embracing blended learning in any of its post-pandemic variations. The authors are mindful of the needs of faculty for whom technology-mediated teaching/learning is not a field of study but a craft. Faculty and faculty developers alike will find many practical tools for use in their professional practice."

    Kelvin Thompson, Vice Provost for Online Strategy and Teaching Innovation, University of Louisville, USA

    "The Blended Course Design Workbook takes a complex and challenging task—namely, (re)designing a course to include both online and location-based elements—and makes it comprehensible and do-able. Concise explanations of key concepts and related research provide the theory, and reflective questions and step-by-step guides support putting theory into practice. If you are looking to design a blended course for the first time or to support others in doing so, this book is a great aid. The second edition incorporates new references, updated information on tools, and timely guidance on topics such as the hyflex modality and generative AI."

    Marsha C. Lovett, Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning Innovation and Teaching Professor, Department of Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

    "This second edition of The Blended Course Design Workbook is timely—in light of the expansion of blended approaches since the publication of the first edition, in the context of emergent issues such as generative AI, which the authors address, and in the wake of many faculty members’ recent explorations of digitally-based or enhanced teaching during the pandemic. This smart, practical workbook continues to offer educators a sound and helpful guide for developing blended courses that keep students’ learning and experiences at the center." 

    Leslie Ortquist-Ahrens, Director, Center for Teaching and Learning, Berea College, USA

    "The online learning landscape has evolved considerably over the last decade. Kelly and Linder have been charting this trend, and continue to do so with this workbook, which provides an expansive and comprehensive exploration of blended learning. The book toggles effortlessly between research, reflection, and action. Kelly and Linder provide instructors with clear strategies for how they might facilitate blended courses and share updated research that supports these strategies. The book addresses contemporary challenges in blended teaching, such as assessing student learning in various formats and facilitating student interaction between modalities. Anyone looking to use high impact practices to design high-quality blended courses will find this book to be an essential guide."

    Sharla Berry, Associate Director, Center for Evaluation and Educational Effectiveness, California State University, Long Beach, USA

    "The perfect mix of theory and practice, The Blended Course Design Workbook equips you to teach your first blended course, re-design an existing class to be more effective, or even launch an entire blended program at your institution. All the tools and resources are there to create inclusive, effective courses that meet students’ needs and foster their success."

    Bonni Stachowiak, Producer and Host of Teaching in Higher Ed