BLENDED LEARNING AND YOU
In order to help others with blended learning activities in SMPH, faculty and instructors who had experience blending a course were asked the following questions.
What resources did you find/are you finding most useful in designing the course(s)?
- IT consultation with SMPH Educational Technology group
- Speaking with colleagues who had or were currently developing blended courses
- The Castle Top design strategy was very helpful in thinking about how to connect in-class and online content
- Working with an instructional designer through DoIT
- Using Camtasia* software for recording lab introductions
- Using Articulate* software for developing case study exercises (*Articulate is available from UW-Madison Campus Software Library)
What were/are the biggest barriers you faced/face in designing your course(s)?
- Technical complexities
- The learning curve for using the software.
- Calculating the number of hours that students spend on the “lecture portion” of the blended course.
- Faculty development (especially if multiple faculty are involved in teaching the course)
While teaching the course(s), what blended related activities worked particularly well?
- Pre-class modules for content delivery (e.g. pre-class video that delivered content in shorter segments)
- Pre-class quizzes
- Discussion boards online and in-class discussions based on preparatory work
After teaching the course(s), what blended related activities would you have liked to change?
- Develop more interactive online activities
- Develop more activities to use during face-to-face time