Blended Learning Workshop, NOV. 1 - Dec. 6, 2013

Register for the workshop.

Faculty who participate in the President's Technology Initiative or the Blended Learning Initiative are required to complete a Blended Learning Workshop presented by the e-Learning Center. The workshop helps ensure that faculty submit successful proposals to the two programs.

Workshop prerequisites

Because this workshop focuses on how to design and teach a blended course as well as how to prepare a course redesign proposal, it does not provide extensive hands-on training in how to use Blackboard Learn and other instructional technologies. However, one of the final outcomes of the workshop is a completed course module built in Blackboard Learn, so prior to the start of Unit 4 of the workshop (which begins November 16) you need to be familiar with how to accomplish these tasks in Blackboard learn:

  • organizing content
  • developing learning activities
  • communicating with students
  • grading student work

The e-Learning Center's Blackboard Learn training covers these topics and is available through in-person workshops and online, self-paced training.

Blackboard also offers a series of video tutorials on these topics and others.

Workshop details

Register for the workshop through the e-Learning Center's training site.

Unit 1: What is blended learning?

In person, November 1, 2013, 10-11:30 a.m., Cline 200

You will

  • review current research and literature on blended learning, examine how it might be implemented at NAU, and discuss its potential for student learning
  • begin the backward design process by identifying some intended learning outcomes for your course
  • align assessments and learning activities with your intended learning outcomes

Unit 2: How do I mesh online and face-to-face learning activities?

In person, November 8, 10-11:30 a.m., Cline 200

You will

  • examine various blended learning techniques
  • consider examples of blended learning and begin to identify which kinds of learning activities and assessments are best delivered before, during, or after class
  • begin to develop an integrated approach to in-class and out-of-class activities

Unit 3: What blended learning techniques can I use?

Online, November 9-15

You will

  • explore resources to assist you in "flipping" your classroom
  • identify ways to cover content outside of class so you can use class time to focus on problems, concepts, collaboration, and experiential learning
  • read about the replacement model of blended learning and discuss how this approach can help you save time and improve cost efficiency without sacrificing quality

Unit 4: How do I build my sample module?

Online, November 16-22

You will

  • deconstruct a blended learning module, examining the instructor's intent in developing before-, during-, and after-class activities
  • begin to map your own sample blended learning course module, documenting your ideas as you go in Blackboard Learn

Unit 5: How do I make this work in Blackboard Learn?

Online, November 23 - December 5

You will

  • explore the tools in Blackboard Learn to determine which are best suited for your learning activities
  • begin building your sample course module in a Blackboard Learn shell
  • explore the Institutional Review Board (IRB) process at NAU so that you can later use student data when reporting on the results of your blended course redesign
  • identify how best to assess student learning and engagement in your course

Unit 6: How did I do and what do I do next?

In person, December 6, 10-11:30 a.m., Cline 200

In this last face-to-face meeting, you will