Winter 2016 Blended/Online Learning Workshop Syllabus

The goal of this five-week workshop is to take the participants through the planning, design, and implementation process of creating a blended/online course, and give them the ability to create blended/online materials and/or courses on their own. Full syllabus will be provided to workshop participants. Syllabus and schedule subject to change.

Facilitators

Each facilitator is available by appointment.

Readings

A wide variety of digital content will be provided. Content or links to content will be found within the workshop site and/or in the Workshop Resources. For an overview, see the Schedule.

Goals

The goals for this workshop are for participants to:

    • Be better prepared to deliver a course via blended and/or online learning format
    • Be familiar with blended/online learning best practices, examples, and open-source resources
    • Chunk course content for manageable delivery
    • Align objectives with content, learning tasks, and assessments
    • Utilize online activities that connect learners to each other and authentic experiences
    • Develop process for continual course improvement
    • Use tools in the learning management system (Canvas) effectively
    • Be prepared to use the support systems on campus

Objectives

After completing this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the benefits and outcomes of blended/online delivery
  2. Use instructional design strategies to plan, organize, and implement course content
  3. Develop an action plan to prepare to teach in a blended/online format
  4. Experience a blended course including interactive activities and collaborative tools
  5. Identify best practices, examples, WWU support, and open-source resources
  6. Develop materials for use in future blended/online courses:
    1. Syllabus appropriate for blended delivery
    2. Faculty/student communication guidelines and technology requirements
    3. Course assignments
    4. Course content using appropriate media
  7. Review strategies for assessing the effectiveness course, content, and activities

Certificate Requirements

We estimate that you will need to spend around 5 hours per week on workshop tasks, assignments, and readings. This time does not include additional time that you may spend during winter quarter on the development of your course. In order to receive the certificate and stipend, you will be required to successfully complete the following tasks:

Blended/Online Course Development and Design Workshop

  • Active Participation Each Week (Activities Identified During Workshop)
  • Complete Online Teaching Survey Activity
  • Complete Course Map
  • Complete Blended/Online Syllabus Draft
  • Create an "Assignment" Assignment
  • Build a Rubric for an assignment
  • Participate in Open-Source Scavenger Hunt Wiki
  • Create a Lecture Capture with Camtasia
  • Give an online, synchronous Web-Conference
  • Complete End-of-Workshop Reflection and Survey

Blended/Online Course Revision and Redesign Workshop

  • Active Participation Each Week (Activities Identified During Workshop)
  • Complete Review of "Best Practices" Activity
  • Complete Course Revision Action Plan
  • Complete Course Revision Tools and Strategies Activity
  • Complete Peer-Review Activity
  • Complete Course Revision Action Plan - Next Steps
  • Schedule a Follow-Up Consultation for the Week of March 7th

Course activities and assignments subject to change.

See the Workshop Schedule for workshop themes.

Background

References

Blended Learning Toolkit. Orlando, FL: University of Central Florida

Boettcher, J., & Conrad, M. (2010). The Online Teaching Survival Guide: Simple and Practical Pedagogical Tips. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Grunert O'Brien, J., Millis, B., & Cohen, M. (2008). The Course Syllabus: A Learning-Centered Approach. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Frye, R., McKinney G., & Trimble, J. (2007). Tools and Techniques for Course Improvement: A Handbook for Course Review and Assessment of Student Learning (pages 114-124). Bellingham, WA: Western Washington University.

McGee, P. & A. Reis (2012) Blended Course Design: A Synthesis of Best Practices in Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks (16.4).

Teaching Tips: Course Syllabus Guidelines. Bellingham, WA: Western Washington University

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