WELCOME TO THE BLENDED LEARNING TOOLKIT
The Oxford dictionary defines the word toolkit as “a personal set of resources, abilities, or skills.” The Blended Learning Toolkit – created by the Blended Learning Fellowship Program – helps instructors new to blended learning develop the necessary skills by providing information about blended learning; highlighting examples and stories of those who are currently integrating blended learning practices into their instruction; providing tutorials and resources for getting started; and building community around blended learning at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
As blended learning matures on the UW–Madison campus, the need for formal and informal physical spaces that encourage and facilitate those active learning activities continues to grow. We need to engage with campus in the designing of learning spaces that support the learning activities and outcomes we want for our blended courses. The outcomes for this program will be the identification of signature pedagogies used within each SCID and the identification of space designs/layouts that support those pedagogical outcomes. To that end, we will engage in conversations with faculty and campus leaders around learning spaces and curriculum development.
With the promotion of pervasive active learning, the need to develop new skills to facilitate active learning grows. It requires the identification of new teaching approaches and the creation of opportunities to help faculty develop the skills necessary to facilitate the desired student learning outcomes associated with active learning approaches. The outcomes for this program will be the identification, practice, and implementation of active learning approaches in participants’ courses, as well as the sharing of these approaches with those within participants’ SCID.