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Blended Learning Models Workshop Syllabus, January, 2011

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Center for Mentoring & Learning and Office of Integrated Technologies
Blended Learning Models Workshop
Jan. 11 –Feb. 15, 2011
For Central New York Center Faculty


Katherine Jelly, Director, Center for Mentoring and Learning
Suzanne Hayes, Director, Academic Technologies
Chi-Hua Tseng, Instructional Designer, Center for Mentoring and Learning

Working definition of blended learning:

For this workshop we are defining blended learning as a combination of face-to-face and online elements to support mentoring, teaching, and learning in both individual and group studies.  Blended learning is a mode which allows mentors, instructors, and students both to develop relationships in person and to move beyond the constraints of physical distance in order to sustain communication, connection, and collaboration among all study participants--including mentors and students--and to develop communities of learning, exchange, and support.


  1. Develop a conceptual definition and concrete understanding of blended learning.
  2. Develop an appreciation for the potential of blended learning to enhance mentoring, teaching and learning.
  3. Understand key pedagogical issues and strategies connected with blended learning.
  4. Gain familiarity with practical methods and skills for integrating technology tools in developing blended learning studies.  
  5. Understand how blended learning can be used to build community, support collaboration and reduce isolation among students.
  6. Know where to go for blended learning assistance, support, and resources related to blended learning.
  7. Complete the workshop with a desire to experiment, share and learn more about blended learning.

Session 1: Blended Learning : Models and Approaches

Jan. 11, 10 :30 a.m. – 2 :30 p.m., face-to-face session, at CNY
Experienced faculty presentations, participants’ project goals, and hands-on activities


Shea, P. (2007). Towards a conceptual framework for learning in blended environments. In A. G. Picciano & C. Dziuban (Eds). Blended learning: Research perspectives (pp. 19-35). Sloan-C.

Session 2 : Effective Uses of ANGEL in Mentoring, Teaching, and Learning

Jan. 18, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., Elluminate presentation
(optional Eluminate trouble-shooting or practice, 3 :00 – 3 :30 p.m.)

Jan. 18 – 31, online discussion

Reading :

Garrison, D. R. & Vaughan, N. D. (2008). Blended learning in higher education: Frameworks, principles and guidelines. San Francisco, CA:  Jossey-Bass. 
Chapter 3.               

Session 3 : Facilitating Effective Discussion On-line

Feb. 1, 11 a.m. - 12:00, Elluminate presentation
(optional Eluminate trouble-shooting or practice, 10 :30 – 11 a.m.)  

Feb. 1 - 14, on-line discussion


Palloff, R. M. & Pratt, K. (1999). Building learning communities in cyberspace: Effective strategies for the online classroom. CA: Jossey-Bass.
Chapter 8.

Session 4 : Blended Learning : Obstacles, Opportunities, and Strategies

Feb. 15, 1 – 5 p.m., face-to-face session, at CNY
Experienced faculty presentations, participants’ sharing projects/plans, critical discussion and evaluation