Blended Teaching and Learning
Last updated October 15, 2020
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.