Blended & Online Learning

What is Important About Blended & Online Learning?

Online environments provide vital spaces for students and instructors to exchange resources and ideas. As you start to think about and develop your blended or online course, keep in mind that some of the material that you already use in classroom teaching may transition easily to an online learning environment, and some may need to be reworked. A successful blended or online course is an opportunity to create new material and apply innovative teaching strategies.

Why Use Blended & Online Learning?

Flipping the classroom and creating a blended course engages students in learning through  active learning  techniques, rather than through delivering lectures alone. 

Blended and online learning can also provide more flexibility for students and instructors. It provides varied ways for students to engage in and demonstrate their learning.

Some technologies allow for more learning to take place or facilitate a specific kind of learning activity that might not be possible without the technology. As an added bonus, both instructors and students have the opportunity to develop their technology skills through blended and online learning.

Considerations for Using Blended & Online Learning

In-class teaching does not always easily translate to the blended or online learning format. Allow for time to review and reimagine teaching. FERPA and copyright guidelines differ slightly for blended and online mediums. Accessibility requirements must be considered before students disclose a disability and should be taken into consideration when designing and developing your course.

Getting Started with Blended & Online Learning

Contact the Center to discuss your ideas and/or project, or explore the Resource Library items on your own. Alternatively, take the online course “Faculty Guide to Online Course Development” located in Blackboard; search by the course name. Several Center workshops focus on blended and online courses as well.