BLENDED LEARNING IN SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AND PUBLIC HEALTH

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)?

  • Blend@UW
  • 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 (*Camtasia is available from DoIT Tech Store)
  • 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)?

  • Time
  • Technical complexities
  • 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