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Spring 2008 Teaching Effectiveness Institute

Promoting Active Learning Through Blended Courses

Spring 2008 Teaching Effectiveness Institute
Thursday, January 10, 2008
8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Capital Room, Holmes Student Center


A blended/hybrid course is one which uses a blend of face-to-face as well as online teaching and learning activities. Successful teaching of blended courses requires rethinking and redesigning face-to-face courses, creating new learning activities, and integrating online and face-to-face components effectively. This transformation requires learning new skills necessary to manage online interaction successfully, incorporate new methods of assessment, and use the interactive and organizational tools found in web course management systems effectively.

Workshop presenters, Aycock (Anthropology), Joosten (Communication), and Mangrich (Visual Art) from UW-Milwaukee, have considerable experience in teaching blended courses as well as training faculty on this topic. Along with sharing their expertise and experience, they will engage workshop participants in small group breakouts, discussions, and learning activities in which faculty can explore strategies for promoting active learning in their blended courses. Note: This is not a computer-based hands-on workshop and will not focus on any particular web course management system.

Workshop Outline:

Morning Session (8:00 am - 12:00 pm) Afternoon Session (1:00 pm - 4:00 pm)
Check-in and refreshments
Small groups for active learning online
Welcome and Introductions
Blending face-to-face, online, and community small group projects
Active learning through blended courses
Refreshment break
Ten course redesign questions
Design a small group project for your course
Refreshment break
Assessment to promote active learning in blended courses
Redesigning your course for active learning
Critiquing sample assessment plans
Asynchronous discussions for active learning
Workshop wrap-up, evaluation, and certificate presentation
Design a discussion forum for your course


Alan Aycock

Alan Aycock

Alan Aycock is Associate Director of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Learning Technology Center (LTC) and an instructor in the UWM Department of Anthropology. He taught the first fully online course at UWM and is also an experienced hybrid/blended instructor.

Alan holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Toronto. He has been Professor and Chair of Anthropology at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada, where he taught for 20 years, and was named Distinguished Teacher of the University there. More recently, Alan was the UW-Milwaukee representative in the inaugural cohort of The University of Wisconsin Teaching Scholars Program.

Alan speaks about hybrid/blended courses and learning technologies regularly at national and regional conferences, including EDUCAUSE, NMC, and Madison DT&L. In 2006-7 Alan offered workshops at the Hunter College Summer Institute on Blended Learning, at the Marquette University College of Professional Studies Faculty Development Program, at Coastal Bend College in Texas, and at Simmons College in Boston

Amy Mangrich

Amy Mangrich

Amy Mangrich is an Instructional Design Consultant at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Learning Technology Center (LTC), specializing in digital imaging, video editing, voice-enhanced presentation software and podcasting. She is also an experienced instructor, having taught technology-enhanced and hybrid courses in the Department of Visual Art at UWM.

Amy holds her terminal degree in visual art from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Amy has been a presenter for Hybrid Faculty Development Programs, most recently at the, DuPage College in Illinois, Marquette University in Wisconsin, Hunter College in New York and Coastal Bend College in Texas. In addition, she regularly presents faculty development workshops on the integration of technology as an effective tool for teaching and learning.

Tanya Joosten

Tanya Joosten

Tanya Joosten is an Instructional Design Consultant at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Learning Technology Center (LTC) and is a Lecturer in the Department of Communication. She has several years of experience teaching technology-enhanced, hybrid, and fully online courses. She specializes in communication technology, mediated communication, and quantitative and qualitative technological evaluation.

Tanya is an interdisciplinary Ph.D. candidate in Communication, Management, and Public Administration from Arizona State University. Her research program focuses on organizational communication and communication technology. She has presented several development programs that focus on the integration of technology in the education, non-profit, and private sectors. Also, she has presented several papers at national conferences, including EDUCAUSE and the National Communication Association (NCA) annual conferences. Recently, she was a co-author of a chapter on hybrid learning found in "Blended Learning: Research Perspectives" published by the Sloan-C.

Registration Information:

Registration is closed for this program.

Last Updated: 7/11/2014