I’ve been experimenting with blended methodology in my courses but would like to do more and maximize the benefits of these methods.
Once you begin exploring blended methodologies, it is easy to recognize the many pathways possible for enhanced student learning, improved student (and faculty) satisfaction, and instructional efficiencies. But it is also quite possible to get lost in the abundant opportunities for change. Our best advice as you fully embark on blended learning? Continue to keep your focus on student learning and make changes that make sense for your course goals.
Consider student feedback and your own course experience: SOS/EOC reports can be a rich source for identifying potential course changes/enhancements. In addition, carefully consider where YOU would like to make changes (e.g., lecture capture solutions may give you more time for in-class exercises).
Set clear targets: When using backward design, be sure of what you want to see at the end of your course. Carefully consider your success markers and your related margin of error.
Plan carefully and strategically: Take stock of your resources, including your schedule, and map out the steps needed to enact your desired methodology.
Be realistic about results: With any risk comes the potential for failure. Celebrate your successes, but also be willing to try again if it doesn’t work well the first time out. Review your experience with a trusted colleague or a CETL consultant.
If you have not already, we recommend that you review the Getting Started resources within this toolkit. Once you are ready to build on these basics, review the following items: