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Blended Delivery of Instruction
 
Course Description
    

All participants in the Blended Delivery of Instruction course will recognize the definition of blended learning as provided by the Christenson Institute,  describe the different models of blended learning, address the support to be provided to students, address communication and collaboration strategies , provide products to introduce blended learning to students, parents and school staff and then finally develop a blended learning implementation plan. 

Course participants must be currently employed as a WV classroom teacher.

 
Course Syllabus
    

By the end of this course, participants will:

  • determine key words or phases that define blended learning,
  • describe various components of blended learning,
  • identify components essential to a successful blended learning experience,
  • examine the implementation of blended learning models in multiple school settings,
  • explore strategies for student engagement that are addressed by blended learning models,
  • identify the technology available for the implementation of blended learning with their students,
  • become acquainted with and distinguish between face-to-face and online teaching standards and teacher competencies, 
  • review examples of school-wide and classroom implementation of blended learning experiences,
  • utilize an online self-assessment survey to determine strengths and areas for developing and promoting online learning,
  • recognize support structures for learners engaged in blended learning instruction,
  • identify different methods by which collaboration and communication take place in blended learning instructional settings,
  • learn strategies to encourage and support student collaboration and communication both online and in face-to-face interactions,
  • explore methods of assessing collaboration and communication using rubrics,
  • develop their definition and vision for blended learning in the classroom,
  • determine specific information regarding blended learning that informs each audience: students, parents and school staff,
  • create a presentation, letter, and a flyer or poster to articulate information about blended learning to students, parents and school staff,
  • transform a current unit taught to students into a blended learning unit,
  • select specific strategies for the implementation of blended learning in the classroom, and
  • create a plan for implementing a blended learning unit.
Course Organization

This course includes several different activity components, all of which are described below. During each session, you will participate in a unique collection of these activity components, depending on the particular focus of that session.


Read
When you see this icon you will be reading relevant articles, resources, and instructional materials that will help inform your online course development process.

Activities
When you see this icon you will be completing activity-based curriculum and inputting various components of your course content into course project.

Discuss
When you see this icon you will be using the online discussion board to share ideas, resources, and thoughtful conversation with your fellow course participants and facilitator.
Prerequisites

This professional development course is designed for teachers, technology specialists, curriculum specialists. Participants in this course will design and implement blended classroom instruction during this course. Participants are expected to have regular access to computers and be able to download and upload files. Although not a requirement, high speed Internet access definitely enhances the online experience. Participants should be proficient with using email, browsing the Internet and navigating through computer files. 

Microsoft Word is required in order to read, edit and/or create documents for this courseIf you have a WVDE k12.wv.us email account, you have access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive, etc. as part of Microsoft Office 365. You should see your school/ county technology support person if you need help in using/installing Word and/or other Office applications. 

Format and Requirements

This course is divided into seven one-week sessions, including and Orientation, which each include readings, activities, and an online discussion among workshop participants. The time necessary to complete each session is estimated to be 6.5 - 7 hours.

The outline for the course is as follows:

Orientation Orientation
Session One What is Blended Learning?
Session Two Blended Learning Models
Session Three Blended Learning Student Support
Session Four Blended Learning Collaboration and Communication
Session Five Introducing Blended Learning to Students, Parents, and the School Community
Session Six Planning for Blended Learning

During Session One - Session Four course participants will learn about blended learning models and examine blended learning units/ lessons. During Session Five three products will be created to inform students, parents and the school staff about blended learning. Finally, in Session Six a blended learning experience will be planned for the participant's classroom.

Assessment

Participants will be evaluated weekly on the frequency and quality of their participation in the discussion forum. Participants are required to post a minimum of one substantial original posting each session in response to Discussion #1 during each session. They are also to read all original Discussion #1 messages posted by course participants and enough additional Discussion #1 responses to make a total of 50% of the messages posted for that session. Participants are to respond thoughtfully to a minimum of two colleagues' Discussion #1 original postings each session. Postings are evaluated on their relevance, demonstrated understanding of course concepts, examples cited and overall quality.

Course Project:
Participants will complete a session project during each session of the course. Each project will be peer-reviewed by a colleague. After reviewing the peer-review and making any revisions/ edits/ additions, each project will be upload the the session dropbox for facilitator evaluation. The following project templates and rubrics will be utilized during this course. 

Session One  Session One Word Cloud Guidelines and Rubric  No Peer Review Rubric
Session Two  Session Two Project Template Session Two Project Rubric  Session Two Peer-Review Rubric
Session Three  Session Three Project Template Session Three Project Rubric  Session Three Peer-Review Rubric
Session Four  Session Four Project Template Session Four Project Rubric  Session Four Peer Review Rubric
Session Five  Session Five Project Guidelines and Rubrics  Session Five Peer Review Rubrics
Session Six  Session Six Project Template. Session Six Project Rubric  Session Six Peer Review Rubric
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of this course, Blended Delivery of Instruction, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion documenting successful completion of the course requirements. Certificates are distributed to each qualifying participant via the  Session Six Dropbox feedback shortly after the completion of the course.

Graduate Credit Information

Participants in this course are eligible to receive three non-degree graduate credit hours from either West Virginia University, Marshall University, Concord University, or West Virginia State University. Credits will be awarded at the end of the semester in which the course ends. Additional information is available on the course News/Welcome Page.

Technology and Content Standards

This course, Blended Delivery of Instruction, will help participants meet the ISTE Educational Technology Standards and Performance Indicators for All Teachers (https://www.iste.org/docs/pdfs/20-14_ISTE_Standards-T_PDF.pdf). For more information about Technology Integration visit: http://www.iste.org.

In addition, participants may reference specific WV Standards (http://wvde.state.wv.us/policies) as they engage in course content.

About this Course

This workshop was originally developed for the West Virginia Department of Education (http://wvde.state.wv.us) under the guidance of the EdTech Leaders Online (http://edtechleaders.org) at Education Development Center. EdTech Leaders Online provides capacity building, training, and online courses for school districts, state departments of education, and colleges and universities.

Original design (before format modifications) by EdTech Leaders Online (http://www.edtechleaders.org), a project of Education Development Center, Inc, © 2007. This course was updated in 2017 by the West Virginia Department of Education. All rights reserved.