Course Outline – Blended Learning

I have a whole new appreciation for those who create and facilitate online learning courses. Pulling together articles, blogs, and videos that you want your students to view and finding the right order to put them in takes a lot of thought! I’m still working to arrange things exactly how I think they would be most impactful, but here is the basic outline of my Blended Learning course in Schoology.

Course Outline – Blended Learning

Session 1 – What is Blended Learning?

  • Watch videos and read articles –
    • A video interview with Michael Horn and Heather Staker, the authors ofBlended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools.
    • Explore the information on the Christianson Institution website. There are some great videos and blog posts.
    • Sugata Mitra: Build a School in the Cloud
  • Participate in group discussion –
    • What aspects of blended learning do you already use? What are you most excited to try in your classroom?
  • Assignment –
    • Reflect on what you’re already doing and what you hope to do to incorporate blended learning in your classroom.

Session 2 – What platforms can I use to implement Blended Learning?

  • Watch videos and read articles –
    • Digital Learning Now! Blended Learning Implementation Guide
    • Blended Learning and the Future of Education: Monique Markoffat Tedxlthaca College
  • Participate in group discussion –
    • What are some online learning platforms you have heard of or tried?
  • Assignment –
    • Try/research a variety of platforms that might work for Blended Learning in your classroom. Reflect on what you like and/or don’t like and why.

Session 3 – What’s my WHY?

  • Watch videos and read articles –
    • Simon Sinek’s Start With Why – How great leaders inspire action
    • ICOM Productions: What we know
  • Participate in group discussion –
    • What’s your why?
  • Assignment –
    • Reflect on WHY you do what you do and how blended learning can support your instruction.

Session 4 – A sense of urgency

  • Watch videos and read articles –
    • Sir Ken Robinson’s Bring on the Learning Revolution!
    • Progressive Education in the 1940s
    • Joi Ito: Want to innovate? Become a “Now-ist”
  • Participate in group discussion –
    • Why is it important for our education system to change?
  • Assignment –
    • Reflect on the urgency of changing our education system and what you can do in your classroom to move things forward.

Session 5 – How is it going?

  • Watch videos and read articles –
    • A New Culture of Learning
    • What 60 Schools Can Tell Us About Teaching 21st Century Skills: Grant Lichtman
  • Participate in group discussion –
    • How have your lessons improved with the addition of blended learning?
  • Assignment
    • Take time to visit a colleague to see what blended learning looks like in their classroom. Have at least one colleague visit your classroom to see blended learning in action.

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