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Blended Teaching and Learning

Last updated September 16, 2016

What is 'Blended' Teaching?

The term 'blended' teaching broadly refers to the characteristic of a course having a mix of both online and face-to-face components.  A blended course can include a course structured as a 'hybrid' course where some content is specifically delivered online with perhaps one day a week where the class meets face-to-face or a blended course can be a traditional face-to-face course with some substantial use of online tools. However a course is 'blended,' all can allow for more flexible learning opportunities.

Why 'blend' my course?

  • Free up scheduled classroom time to allow students more flexible schedules (e.g. a hybrid course).
  • Use online tools in the face-to-face class to complete active learning activities.
  • Use online tools outside of the face-to-face class to deliver content (e.g. flip your class).
  • Use online tools to have students work asynchronously on classroom activities outside of class.

Benefits of 'blending.'

  • Research suggests this may be a 'best of both worlds' in terms of student achievement.
  • Help increase student time-on-task.
  • Provide more frequent formative feedback to students.
  • Free up precious classroom time for active learning.
  • Concentrate lectures on material where students are weak.
  • Allow for 'deep dives' in the content after more introductory material is learned outside of class.
  • Provide an accountability measure for student out-of-class work.

Resources for Blended Teaching