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Blended Course Design:Strategies for Success

Workshop presented by
Faculty Development Staff

Monday, March 8, 2010
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Altgeld Hall, Room 100


Over the last few years, a growing number of courses have been incorporating online elements into traditional face-to-face instruction. This movement has led to the emergence of a blended teaching and learning approach, which, in turn, has increased the need to discuss the educational benefits and underlying challenges of this type of instructional delivery. This interactive hands-on workshop will explore the advantages of blended learning through pedagogical options, tools for meaningful communication, and ways of successful assessment of student participation and work. We will focus on designing a blended course using sound instructional principles and technologies for online teaching and learning and discuss the decisions that need to be made for blended learning approach to be a success.

During the second half of the workshop, participants will be organized into teams, each of which will focus on one of the three facets of a blended course: content delivery, communication, and assessment of student learning. Our workshop facilitators will guide the teams in modifying a face-to-face course to one with blended learning components. Participants will record their discussions in a wiki and present their findings online to the whole group via Wimba Classroom. The tentative schedule for the workshop is as follows:

Tentative Agenda:

Morning Session
8:00 am
8:25 am
Welcome and Introductions
8:30 am
Definitions and Rationale for Blended Learning
9:00 am
Examples of Blended Courses
10:00 am
Designing for Blended Learning
11:00 am
Tools for Blended Learning
Afternoon Session
12:00 pm
Lunch at HSC Blackhawk Cafeteria
1:00 pm
Introduction to Design Activity
1:30 pm
Hands-on Design Activity in Teams
3:15 pm
Team Presentations via Wimba
4:00 pm
Wrap-up, Evaluation and Certificate Presentation

Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center

Registration Information:

This workshop is limited to NIU faculty and teaching staff only. Participants should have basic computing skills and experience using Blackboard. Participants will receive workshop materials, lunch and a certificate of participation. Advanced registration is required. Please fill out the form below to register for this workshop .Due to the expensive nature of the program and the advance notice needed for arranging food and materials, please register by the deadline and plan to attend the entire workshop.

Registration Deadline: February 15, 2010. After you register, if you are unable to attend, please inform the Center by March 4, 2010 so that those on the waiting list can be given the opportunity to attend the workshop or program costs could be reduced.

Please complete the form below to register.

Faculty/Staff Registration Form:

Registration is closed for this program.

Last Updated: 12/10/2015