Evolution of Online & Blended Learning

Module Overview

This module will introduce you to the world of the blended and online teacher. While there are some obvious differences between online, blended, and traditional classroom teaching, many core elements and practices in successful "brick and mortar" teaching are also present in the blended and online environment. In this module you will review academic research, be introduced to the skills needed to be a successful blended and/or online teacher, and compare and contrast online, blended, and face-to-face teaching.

Learning Objectives

In this module, participants will:

  • Define online and blended learning
  • Compare and contrast the pedagogy of face-to-face, blended, and online teaching
  • Collaborate with colleagues through the use of web-based tools
  • Demonstrate appropriate use of technologies to enhance student learning.

Module Assignments

  • Discussion 1.1: Profiles of Emerging Modules
  • Portfolio Assignment: 1.2: Online vs. Blended vs. Face-to-Face Venn diagram or Infographic
  • Reflection 1.3: Methodologies of the Online and Blended Instructor

Academic Vocabulary

The academic vocabulary you will encounter in this module is:

  • Online Teaching/Learning
  • Blended Teaching/Learning
  • Flipped Classroom
  • Synchronous Learning
  • Asynchronous Learning
  • Brick-and-mortar Schools
  • Face-to-Face (f2f)
  • Learning Management System (LMS)