Learn a proven methodology for designing Blended Courses

Ten Strategies to Improve Blended Course Design

Blended learning offers flexibility, accessibility, and a way to maximize the benefit of face-to-face interaction between instructor and student.

When properly employed, technology offers great teaching opportunities to instructors and schools. But it is not enough simply to shift components of traditional courses online. New tools require new tactics, new assignments, and new ways of teaching.

Institutions that take up the challenge are rewarded with increased learning opportunities and flexibility along with improved student success. Instructors who embrace these opportunities will discover that blended learning can revolutionize the concept of the classroom.

How are you to know what all is out there and what would work well for your disciplines? You can start with the new Magna white paper Ten Strategies to Improve Blended Course Design. This 50-page white paper will give you the insights you need to make more of your blended courses. These include:

  • A methodology for designing blended courses
  • Ideas for creating opportunities to learn in and out of the classroom
  • Ways to encourage student collaboration
  • Rationales for employing both high- and low-stakes grading opportunities
  • Strategies for staying organized
  • Opportunities to use technology to increase the value of face-to-face learning



This white paper is based on a Magna Online Seminar by Dr. Ike Shibley. Dr. Shibley is an associate professor of chemistry at Penn State Berks, a small four-year college within the Penn State system. He became involved in blended learning as part of an 18-month project to completely redesign the general chemistry course at Berks. As a member of the six-member team who invested more than 1,000 hours in the redesign, Dr. Shibley helped provide the pedagogical and subject matter expertise. The course is now delivered in a blended format with an average GPA almost 25% higher than prior to the redesign.


You can download the PDF of this white paper or get the print version mailed to you.

PDF download $99
Print version $139

A Campus Access License is available for an additional $100. It allows the purchasing institution to load the white paper onto the institution’s password-protected internal web site for unlimited access by members of the campus community.

Make the Most of Instructional Technology

There has never been a more exciting time in higher education. Blended learning can increase accessibility and improve academic outcomes for students. It brings flexibility to student schedules and campus facilities. It engages students in and out of the classroom.


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