Understanding the benefits of blended learning

A Model for Teaching Large Blended Classes

Blended courses, when executed skillfully, can create a better learning experience for students while also meeting the needs of the institution for scalability and academic rigor.

The challenge of designing and teaching a blended class is deciding what content pieces are best delivered in a live classroom versus those that can be delivered more effectively using technology. If you simply add new media and technologies at random to a traditional classroom format without understanding the unique properties of each, you can easily end up with confused and disengaged students and unhappy instructors.

Besides the challenges inherent in blended learning, there are external constraints as well. For example, student populations are expanding, while budgets are shrinking; therefore, effective blended curricula must take into account a need for both scalability and low cost — all the while ensuring a positive learning experience.

Even so, research shows that the skilled blending of these two different pedagogies yields measurably improved outcomes: increased engagement, higher retention, and accelerated mastery, to name a few.

In the online seminar A Model for Teaching Large Blended Classes, you will gain the skills you need to adapt the blended learning model to your own courses. This seminar goes beyond discussing theory and focuses on demonstrating how blending has worked in classroom settings.

Watch a brief clip from the program:

Topics covered

During this seminar, Jill Schiefelbein, an experienced online educator, demonstrates and explains her successful work with blended course design so that you can see how to apply it in your classroom. You will:

  • Evaluate a successful, scalable blended course model
  • Assess an existing business communication course as a case study
  • Review a checklist to use for the development of a blended course
  • Receive a checklist for faculty development in blended learning
  • Help students understand the blended model to maximize positive outcomes

Benefits of blended learning

Research reveals a wealth of studies demonstrating the benefits of blended learning, including:

  • Making the best use of limited classroom resources and space
  • Spurring increased student engagement, collaboration, and participation
  • Fully addressing the needs of all three key constituencies—students, faculty, and administrators
  • Increasing student success, satisfaction, and retention
  • Earning better course evaluations
  • Gaining valuable feedback for improvement via analytics

Key takeaways

This seminar emphasizes practical strategies that are grounded in results. When the session is finished you will have the tools you need to apply the blended learning model to your teaching. These include:

  • Specific techniques for using both teaching channels effectively
  • A clear understanding of “scalability” and how to achieve it
  • A path for selecting head faculty for blended courses
  • Rubrics to help faculty manage TA/FA relations
  • Outlines for building your own versions at your institution
  • A “next steps” guide to assist in applying the lessons from the seminar
  • Sample documents, screenshots, and checklists

This seminar is now available on CD. The recording includes the complete transcript and all supplemental materials.

An optional Campus Access License is available for an additional $200. It allows the purchasing institution to upload the CD of the seminar onto the institution’s password-protected internal website for unlimited access by the entire campus community.

Who will benefit

If your institution is like most, you will be accommodating more students but will have fewer resources in coming years. The blended model may well be an important part of the solution. Therefore, virtually anyone involved in teaching, instructional design, or administration can benefit from this online seminar. We suggest inviting the following audience:

  • Faculty
  • Instructors
  • Instructional designers
  • TAs
  • Department chairs


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