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Blended Learning Models Workshop Syllabus, July, 2010

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Center for Mentoring & Learning and Office of Integrated Technologies
Blended Learning Models Workshop
June 17 – July 23, 2010
(At Metropolitan Center June 17, online following)
For Long Island, Metropolitan, Harry Van Arsdale, and Hudson Valley Centers


Facilitators:

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.

Objectives

  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 objectives related to development of academic skills (e.g., critical reading, writing and thinking), across the curriculum as well as within areas of study, can be supported by blended learning models. 
  6. Understand how blended learning can be used to build community, support collaboration and reduce isolation among students.
  7. Know where to go for blended learning assistance, support, and resources related to blended learning.
  8. Complete the workshop with a desire to experiment, share and learn more about blended learning.

Session 1: Blended Learning : Models and Approaches

June 17, 11 a.m. – 2 :30 p.m., face-to-face session, at Metro
June 17 –June 23, online discussion
Readings due :
Garrison, D. R. & Vaughan, N. D. (2008). Blended learning in higher education: Frameworks, principles and guidelines. San Francisco, CA:  Jossey-Bass. Chapters 2 & 3.
Optional reading:
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 : Building Community On-line

June 24, 11 a.m. - 12:00, Elluminate presentation
(optional Eluminate trouble-shooting or practice, 10 :30 – 11 a.m.)
June 24 – June 30, on-line discussion
Presenters:
  • Diane Gal, Mentor, Center for Graduate Programs: Social Networking Sites (SNS)
  • Aaron Zachmeier: Faculty Instructional Technologist (FIT): Blogs, introduction to activities
Readings due:
Palloff, R. M. & Pratt, K. (1999). Building learning communities in cyberspace: Effective strategies for the online classroom. CA: Jossey-Bass. Chapters 2, 6, & 8.

Session 3 : Supporting Writing Skill Development On-line

July 1, 11 a.m. - 12:00, Elluminate presentation
(optional Eluminate trouble-shooting or practice, 10 :30 – 11 a.m.)
July 1 – 7, on-line discussion
Presenters:
  • Lisa D’Adamo-Weinstein, Director of Academic Support, Northeast Center: Supporting writing development on-line
  • Kay Watkins, Technology Trainer and Project Coordinator, Academic Technologies: Introducing Elluminate for Teaching and Learning
Readings tba

Session 4 : Challenges and Strategies in On-line Learning

July 8, 11 a.m. - 12:00, Elluminate presentation
(optional Eluminate trouble-shooting or practice, 10 :30 – 11 a.m.)
July 8 – 14, on-line discussion
Presenters :
  • Bob Carey, Interim Associate Dean, Metropolitan Center : Presentation of Self n Online Teaching and Learning
  • Sheryl Coleman, Faculty Instructional Technologist : Using ANGEL to support studies
Readings due :
Palloff, R. M. & Pratt, K. (1999). Building learning communities in cyberspace: Effective strategies for the online classroom. CA: Jossey-Bass. Chapter 11.
Aycock,A., Garnham, C.,Kaleta, R. 2002. Lessons learned from the hybrid course Project. In Teaching with Technology Today. Vol.8, Number 6, Mar. 20, 2002.

Session 5 : Obstacles and Opportunities in Blended Learning

July 15, 11 a.m. – 2 :30 p.m., face-to-face session  (location tba)

Session 6 : Reflection and Evaluation

July 16 – 23, on-line discussion