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Course Information



Blended Delivery of Instruction**
 
Course Description
    

All participants in the Blended Delivery of Instruction course will learn about the different models of blended learning, create a blended learning for instruction plan, implement their blended learning for instruction plan and assess student learning based upon the blended instruction.

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

This course requires average to advanced technology skills and an in-depth knowledge of the curriculum being taught. A minimum of 90 hours will be required to complete this course.

Course participants will learn about, plan for and deliver blended instruction during the duration of this course. This is a 13 week course. The course schedule follows:

Orientation

Course Information

 

Session 1

What is Blended Learning?

 

Session 2

Approaches to Teaching and Learning

 

Session 3

Supporting Learners

 

Session 4

Voices from the Field

 

Session 5

How Blended Learning is Implemented

 

Session 6

Selection of My Blended Learning Space

 

 

 

BREAK

Session 7

Planning for Instruction

 

Session 8

Planning for Communication, Collaboration and Assessment

 

Session 9

Loading Content into My Blended Learning Space

 

 

 

BREAK

Session 10

Introducing Students to the Blended Learning Classroom

 

Session 11

Blended Learning Lesson 1 for and with Students

 

Session 12

Blended Learning Lesson 2 for and with Students

 

Session 13

Blended Learning Lesson 3 for and with Students

 


**This course is valued at 6 non-degree credits with 3 of the 6 credits been technology credits. Credits will be awarded upon course completion.

 
Course Syllabus
    

 Blended Delivery of Instruction

Overview

All participants in the Blended Delivery of Instruction course will learn about the different models of blended learning, create a blended learning for instruction plan, implement the blended learning for instruction plan during two course sessions and assess blended student learning based upon the blended instruction.

Course participants must be currently employed as a WV classroom teacher.
This course requires average to advanced technology skills and requires a minimum of 45 hours to complete.
Course participants will learn about, plan for and deliver blended instruction during the duration of this course.

By the end of this course, participants will understand:
  • determine key works or phases that define blended learning,
  • describe various components of blended learning,
  • provide examples as to how blended learning can support a learning environment that addresses student needs and uses a variety of ways to measure student achievement,
  • become acquainted with and apply online teaching standards and the characteristics of best learning designs,
  • review examples of blended learning public school programs,
  • become aware of teacher and student examples of blended learning classroom experiences,
  • begin construction of a blended learning module for classroom implementation,
  • develop support structures for learners engaged in blended learning instruction,
  • determine the technology tools to be used to support learners engaged in blended learning instruction,
  • determine a rationale for the implementation of blended instruction,
  • examine the implementation of blended instruction in the classroom setting and consider the perspective of teachers and students, as they experience the blended learning environment for the first time,
  • initiate your blended delivery instruction plan with students and
  • determine student artifacts of learning that are to be generated from the blended delivery instruction plan developed during this course.
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 grades 6-12 teachers, technology specialists, curriculum specialists who implement instruction with grades 6-12 students. 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. Access to Microsoft Office is recommended. Participants who do not have Microsoft Office should click here for some available options.
Format and Requirements
This workshop is divided into 13 one-week sessions which each include readings, activities, and an online discussion among workshop participants. The time necessary to complete each session is estimated to be two to four hours.

The outline for the workshop is as follows:
 
Session One: What is Blended Learning?
So what Is Blended Learning, anyway? This instructional model has diverse forms and different meanings. This week, we will explore blended learning descriptions and provide examples as to the ways blended learning can support a learning environment that addresses student needs and uses a variety of ways to measure student achievement.

Session Two: Approaches to Teaching and Learning
This week we will examine standards for online instruction and identify characteristics of best online learning designs. Time will be spent exploring several public school blended learning programs. Blended learning classroom vignettes are introduced as an introduction to your course project assignment.

Session Three: Supporting Learners
During this session you will identify support structures for students involved in a blended learning classroom experience and you will identify the technology tools to be used to support blended learning instruction

Session Four: Voices From the Field
This week we will hear from teachers who have implemented blended learning with their students. The teachers featured during this session will discuss blended learning in the context of online tools usage, continuity of learning, personalized connections, student engagement, teacher development and participatory training.

Session Five: Ready, Set, Go!
During this session you will initiate your plan for blended delivery instruction plan to your students. The delivery of this instruction will continue through Session Six. You will maintain daily journal entries that address your managerial role, your technology role and class interaction throughout this session. You will also determine the student artifacts of learning to be collected for assessment during Session Six.
 

Session Six: Marking Progress
During the final course session you will determine the degree to which higher order thinking skills are present in your blended instruction. You will complete a self-assessment to identify revisions/edits and additions to be made to their instructional plan.
You will also assess the degree to which student learning has occurred based upon the blended classroom instruction that has been delivered.

Session 7

Planning for Instruction

Session 8

Planning for Communication, Collaboration and Assessment

Session 9

Loading Content into My Blended Learning Space

Session 10

Introducing Students to the Blended Learning Classroom

Session 11

Blended Learning Lesson 1 for and with Students

Session 12

Blended Learning Lesson 2 for and with Students

Session 13

Blended Learning Lesson 3 for and with Students



 

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 the discussion prompt for that session. They are also to read all original messages by course participants and enough additional 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' 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 the course project throughout the course sessions, beginning with Session One. The course project
involves:
1. Blended Learning Course Project Template - Section 1
2. Blended Learning Course Project Template - Sections 2 and 3
3. Blended Learning Course Project Template - Sections 4, 5 and 6 (Upload the Course Project Template-Sections 1-6 to course dropbox)

Certificate of Completion
Upon successful completion of this course, Blended Delivery for Instruction, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion documenting successful completion of the course requirements. Certificates are distributed to each qualifying participant via email shortly after the completion of the course.
Graduate Credit Information

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

 
About this Course

This workshop was 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. All rights reserved.