The Blended Course Design Workbook A Practical Guide
Blended (also called hybrid) classrooms, in which face-to-face interaction is intentionally combined with online activities to aid student learning, are becoming more and more common. Most recently, “flipped” classrooms have become a popular method for teaching because more time for active learning in-class can be gained by moving content delivery such as lecture to outside-of-class homework using technology tools such as video or lecture capture. The blended model is proving to be an environment that provides more self-directed, technology-mediated learning experiences for students who will be incorporating technology more and more into their professional lives post-college.The Blended Course Design Workbook meets the need for a user-friendly resource that provides faculty members and administrators with instructions, activities, tools, templates, and deadlines to guide them through the process of revising their traditional face-to-face course into a blended format. Providing a step-by-step course design process that emphasizes active learning and student engagement, this book will help instructors adapt traditional face-to-face courses to a blended environment by guiding them through the development of course goals and learning objectives, assignments, assessments, and student support mechanisms with technology integration in mind. It will also help instructors choose the right technologies based on an instructor’s comfort level with technology and their specific pedagogical needs. The book will help each instructor who uses the text to develop a unique course by making choices about their course design based on student learning needs for their chosen topic and discipline. Every component of the workbook has been piloted with faculty designing and implementing blended courses and then revised to better meet the needs of faculty across a range of comfort levels with technology use.The Blended Course Design Workbook includes detailed instructions for each stage of course design alongside specific activities that the reader can complete. The book is unique because it facilitates a step-by-step process for blended course design with specific templates and tools that can be used across disciplines.
Tables, Figures, and Boxes Acknowledgments Introduction. Why Blended, Why Now? 1. Fundamentals of Blended Teaching and Learning 2. Writing Course Goals and Learning Objectives-- With Danny Fontaine 3. Assessing Student Learning in Your Blended Course 4. Online Assessment Tools-- With Linda Bruenjes 5. Designing Effective Learning Activities 6. Mapping Your Blended Course 7. Getting to Know Your Learning Management System-- With Sarah Smith 8. Creating Social Presence in Your Blended Course-- With Victoria Wallace 9. Finding Resources Online 10. Creating Multimedia Resources 11. Mobile Devices, Apps, and Social Media--With Victoria Wallace 12. The Blended Course Syllabus 13. Preparing Your Students for Success Conclusion. Getting Ready to Launch Glossary Appendices References About the Contributors Index
“The Blended Course Design Workbook brings together the best practices in online learning and residential teaching in a single concise volume and provides a wealth of resources, checklists, and step-by-step instructions essential for the development and teaching of cutting-edge college courses.”
Joshua Kim, Director of Digital Learning Initiatives
Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL)
“The Blended Course Design Workbook: A Practical Guide is a very useful guide for instructors transitioning from traditional to blended delivery. Linder explains how to write course goals and objectives, how to assess students online, and how to design effective learning activities. She also explains how to use technology to support learning, how to access suitable online resources, how to organize blended courses, and how to support online learners.
I find the step-by-step guides, templates, and checklists to be very useful, particularly as they build on one another. In addition, Linder’s references to theories and principles at the start of each chapter give instructors a sound footing on which to design their blended courses. The book’s tone is encouraging, which makes for an easy read.”
"For the faculty member transitioning a course from face-to-face (F2F) to an online or blended learning environment, Kathryn Linder’s workbook is a wonderful resource. After opening with chapters reviewing the key components of backward course design, developing appropriate course learning objectives, and assessment, the remaining chapters provide a step-by-step guide for an instructor to convert a course from a physical to a virtual teaching space.
The book’s main strength is its highly practical nature, highlighted by the ready-to-use worksheets, templates, and checklists for every step in the process. Not only does it explain the desired resources, it usually gives real-life examples of how the tool was used in a blended classroom effectively.
Given the practical nature of this workbook and its many ready-to-copy worksheets, it is strongly recommended for faculty members transitioning a classroom course to a blended or online delivery format. Likewise, academic deans leading a group of faculty through a similar transition process will find this a one-stop resource, especially if they are able to partner with an educational technologist.”
Reflective Teaching (Wabash Center)
“Katie Linder has written practical, smart, and even compassionate book on blended course design. Drawing on both research and experience, she walks readers through the process of creating blended courses that will challenge and engage students, providing plenty of examples and tips along the way. This is the essential guide we need to ensure our students will be successful in blended courses.”
Peter Felten, Assistant Provost for Teaching & Learning
“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.”
Bonni Stachowiak, Associate Professor of Business and Management
Vanguard University and host of the Teaching in Higher Ed podcast
“Katie Linder’s Blended Course Design Workbook is a solid, practical resource for faculty embracing blended learning. Linder is 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, Director of Online Design & Development Strategy
University of Central Florida