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Presentation to the 2012 SUNY Learning Network SUNY Online Learning Summit on the BlendKit Course materials from http://blendedlearningtoolkit.org

Presentation to the 2012 SUNY Learning Network SUNY Online Learning Summit on the BlendKit Course materials from http://blendedlearningtoolkit.org

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The Blended Learning Toolkit: A DIY Platform for Blended Learning Faculty Development

  1. 1. The Blended Learning Toolkit: A DIY Platform for Blended Learning Faculty Development Kelvin Thompson, Ed.D. University of Central Florida @kthompso #slnsolsummit #blendkit This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License
  2. 2. http://bit.ly/suny12_thompson
  3. 3. Caveats • No widely accepted definition of blended learning • Blended = “best/worst of both worlds” • Blended learning best conceptualized as f2f-enhanced web course • Integration of f2f and online is perhaps the most elusive of concepts for blended instructors • Materials shared here are targeted at those transitioning from f2f-only experience but may be applicable to those with prior online or blended experience • No one-size-fits-all answers • Goal: Provide resources you can include in faculty development for blended learning 3
  4. 4. Caveats • Please follow along! (short urls throughout) • Polls interspersed throughout – Text messaging (send to 37607) – Twitter (tweet to @poll) – Web site (go to http://PollEv.com/blendkit) • Specific codes to use for each response option on each poll • A LOT to introduce, so please jot down thoughts for the end  4
  5. 5. An Institutional Profile BLENDED LEARNING @ UCF
  6. 6. Blended Learning at UCF 500% growth in blended courses n Fully Online Courses n Blended Learning Courses
  7. 7. UCF Fall 2008 Headcount “Live” Main Campus Students 43,466 “Live” Rosen Campus Students 865 2,446 1,301 2.6% 1.7% 137 111 0.3% 0.2% 33,087 Web 65.8% 7,127 2,847 Students 14.2% 5.7% 11,514 363 0.7% 923 1,436 1.8% 2.9% 2,046 “Live” 4.1% Regional Students 4,800
  8. 8. UCF Fall 2009 Headcount “Live” Main Campus Students 45,988 “Live” Rosen Campus Students 782 2,531 827 1.6% 1.5% 204 697 0.4% 1.3% 33,988 Web 63.5% 8,593 3,637 Students 16.1% 6.8% 14,543 375 0.7% 1,030 1,497 1.9% 2.8% “Live” 1,886 3.6% Regional Students 4,809
  9. 9. UCF Fall 2010 Headcount “Live” Main Campus Students 47,926 “Live” Rosen Campus Students 695 2,472 758 1.2% 1.4% 234 764 0.4% 1.4% 34,059 Web 60.6% 10,363 4,113 Students 18.4% 7.3% 17,172 478 0.9% 1,213 2.1% 1,490 2.7% “Live” 2,049 3.6% Regional Students 5,251
  10. 10. Blended Learning at UCF Blended Learning 2009-2010 Totals since Academic Year 2002 Sections 681 5,031 Registrations 24,241 160,860 Student Credit Hours (SCH) 70,438 476,823
  11. 11. Course Evaluation Ratings N = 672,185 Course Modality % Overall “Excellent” Blended 51.2% Fully Online 48.3% Face to Face 48.2% Lecture Capture (with classroom) 43.4% Lecture Capture (no classroom) 41.6%
  12. 12. Student Success Rates by Modality F2F Blended Fully Online (n=618,899) (n=39,021) (n=109,421) 100 95 91 91 88 91 88 91 94 88 90 87 88 88 88 87 86 80 70 Percent 60 50 40 30 20 10 0 Spring 09 Summer 09 Fall 09 Spring 10 Summer 10
  13. 13. Withdrawal Rates by Modality 100 90 F2F (n=551,065) Blended (n=39,769) Fully Online (n=109,495) 80 70 Percent 60 50 40 30 20 10 4 4 5 3 2 4 3 3 4 3 3 5 2 4 1 0 Spring Summer Fall Spring Summer 09 09 09 10 10
  14. 14. Student Satisfaction in Fully Online and Blended Courses Fully online (N = 1,526) Blended (N = 485) Percent 44% 39% 41% 38% 9% 11% 9% 5% 3% 1% Very Satisfied Neutral Very Unsatisfied Satisfied Unsatisfied
  15. 15. Faculty Willingness to Teach Web/Blended Courses in the Future Definitely Probably Probably not Definitely not Positive 69% 81% 16% 13% Neutral 10% 2% or 6% 4% negative Online Blended n=71 N=53 Modality
  16. 16. The Blended Learning Toolkit OVERVIEW 16
  17. 17. UCF/AASCU NGLC Project Overview • Scale the proven UCF Blended Learning model via the national AASCU network of more than 420 institutions and systems • Starting with 20 targeted schools selected for their alignment with NGLC objectives (under 26, low income) 17
  18. 18. Scale UCF Model of Blended Learning • Across 20 AASCU institutions and 11 states 18
  19. 19. Partners Individual Institutions State Coordinating Institutions State Participating Institutions Columbus State University Missouri Harris-Stowe State University Fayetteville State University Lincoln University of Missouri Grambling State University Missouri Southern State Southeast Missouri State University Northwestern State University (LA) University Missouri State University Indiana University Kokomo University of Missouri-St. Louis Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Alabama University of North Alabama The College at Brockport, Troy University University of South State University of New York Alabama Thomas Edison State College Minnesota St. Cloud State University University of Maine at Fort Kent Winona State University 19
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  21. 21. Project Overview • An open educational resource (OER) Blended Learning Toolkit containing: – Best practices, strategies, models, and course design principles. – Two OER prototype courses in Composition and Algebra. – Faculty development resources – Assessment and data collection protocols, including survey instruments and standards. 21
  22. 22. Goals for BlendKit Course • Design and develop your blended learning course • Consideration of key issues related to blended learning and practical guidance in helping you produce actual materials for your blended course (i.e., from design documents through creating content pages to peer review feedback at your own institutions). 22
  23. 23. BlendKit Course Materials • Instructional modules • BlendKit Reader • Do-It-Yourself design tasks • Recordings of interdisciplinary faculty interviews • Recordings of online webinar discussions with faculty group http://bit.ly/blendkit 25
  24. 24. BlendKit Course Materials GUIDED TOUR 26
  25. 25. BlendKit Reader • Designed to stimulate scholarly reflection/discussion • “Questions to Ponder” for each chapter • Drawn from Creative Commons licensed material (except as noted) plus original content • Five chapters (7-14 pages each) • Available in html, pdf, and ebook (mobi & epub) http://bit.ly/blendkit_reader 27
  26. 26. Recordings • Interdisciplinary faculty from three institutions: – Instructor audio interviews [10 minutes each] – Webinar sessions with Q&A [30 minutes each] • Understanding Blended Learning • Blended Interactions • Blended Assessments of Learning • Blended Content & Assignments • Quality Assurance http://bit.ly/blendkit_recordings 33
  27. 27. DIY Tasks • Step-by-step guides for many common development tasks – Explanations – Templates – Examples • Five broad tasks with at least 2 sub-tasks each • Substantive in specificity! http://bit.ly/blendkit_diy 38
  28. 28. DIY Tasks Task 01: Conceptualize Your Blended Learning Course Task 02: Design for Interaction in Your Blended Learning Course Task 03: Decide Upon Assessments of Learning in Your Blended Learning Course Task 04: Develop Content/Assignment Pages for Your Blended Learning Course Task 05: Assure Quality in Your Blended Learning Course http://bit.ly/blendkit_diy 39
  29. 29. Task 01: Conceptualize Your Blended Course COURSE BLUEPRINT 40
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  35. 35. Course Blueprint • Easily by-passed, but don’t! • High level overview mapping course goals to assignments • Use electronic version or just do it on a piece of paper – Word template looks cool but doc versions may cause problems • May be “in your head,” but get it out on paper • Ignore delivery mode (f2f v. online) initially – Focus on identifying the best activities to achieve the course goals 46
  36. 36. Task 01: Conceptualize Your Blended Course MIX MAP 47
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  40. 40. Mix Map • Identify a mode (f2f, online, both) for all components • Suggested approach – online course with face-to-face enhancements • How to decide on delivery mode: – Start with your absolutes - What has to be delivered face-to-face or online? What works best in one environment v. the other? – Next – What will work in either environment? – Note: You may need to modify an existing activity to fit a new delivery mode. (See Task 3) • Map out your overall strategy paying particular attention to how the two environments integrate – Integration is the single most challenging issue in blended learning! 51
  41. 41. Task 02: Design for Interaction CREATE COURSE DOCUMENT DRAFTS 52
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  46. 46. Create Course Documents • Emphasis on single-purpose online documents (Neidorf, 2006) • Making the formerly implicit (f2f) explicit (online) • Clear articulation of student expectations • Some people prefer “print-friendly” versions (e.g., pdf) over HTML – TIP: See accessibility guidelines! 57
  47. 47. Task 02: Design for Interaction USING ZAPT 58
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  52. 52. Using Zapt • HTML is truly cross-platform (all can view) • Accessible HTML avoids weird code • Zapt tool is very easy if initial set-up doesn’t scare you away! • Note: Formatting instructions (CSS files) are housed on UCF servers – Pro: Immediate set-up – Con: Must upload to preview Trusting that we’ll keep them online 63
  53. 53. Task 02: Design for Interaction MODULE INTERACTION WORKSHEET 64
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  58. 58. Module Interaction Worksheet • Builds upon Blueprint and Mix Map tasks • Sets the stage for Creating Module Pages • Assumes that one will be developing online modules – Several questions useful for designing interaction independent of module – Possibly think “weeks” instead of modules • Another opportunity to consider integration of f2f and online 69
  59. 59. Task 03: Decide Upon Assessments of Learning ASSIGNMENT INSTRUCTIONS 70
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  63. 63. Assignment Instructions • Remember to revise Blueprint and Course Docs as ideas evolve! • Goal: Standalone documents with perfect clarity of expectations • The clearer the written communication, the more time is freed for f2f activities. • Goal: Make the formerly implicit explicit – However, written instructions could be distributed f2f or online. • Make sure students understand how each assignment links online and f2f • Do not duplicate assignments or content between f2f and online – Ex: Reading assignments as homework and then cover content in class. Make sure class discussion covers items subject to confusion and expands on reading through examples, case studies, etc. – If online assignment is an extension of f2f discussion/activity, ensure students understand what needs to be added or expanded in the online assignment. 74
  64. 64. Task 03: Decide Upon Assessments of Learning CONFIGURE ONLINE QUIZ SETTINGS 75
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  67. 67. Configure Online Quiz Settings • A primer for online assessment – Minimize motivation for cheating – Examine biases for assessment in one mode over another – Make assumptions explicit (e.g., collaboration, etc.) – Opportunity to review cognitive level of existing assessments • Specifics will be determined by your CMS/testing software 78
  68. 68. Task 04: Develop Content/Assignment Pages CREATE MODULE PAGES 79
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  73. 73. Create Module Pages • A possible extension of earlier Assignment Instructions and Module Interaction tasks • Goal: Standalone documents with perfect clarity of expectations • The clearer the written communication, the more time is freed for f2f activities. • One cohesive whole from which students may access assignment instructions, course content, etc. 84
  74. 74. Task 04: Develop Content/Assignment Pages MODULE TEMPLATE 85
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  77. 77. Module Template • Use as a starting point • Decide upon all elements to include in your modules (e.g, objectives, content, references) • Use Word style sheet (e.g., “Heading 1,” etc.) • Review Assignment Instructions for possible module headings/sub-headings • Maintain consistency from one module to next • Use Zapt to generate accessible HTML if you wish 88
  78. 78. Task 05: Assure Quality BLENDED COURSE IMPLEMENTATION CHECKLIST 89
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  81. 81. Implementation Checklist • Very generic steps! • Incorporate your institution’s requirements • Structured approach is reminiscent of managing an online course (may feel unusual for f2f) • Note numerous cues for fostering integration of f2f/online • Note emphasis on iterative design (e.g., simple design feedback collection punch list for next version) 92
  82. 82. Task 05: Assure Quality BLENDED COURSE SELF- ASSESSMENT/PEER REVIEW FORM 93
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  87. 87. Self-Assessment/Peer Review Form • Many elements are common to courses in all modes • Blended-specific sections – First (“Course Expectations”) – Last (“Implementation of Blended”) • Evaluate it yourself, but there’s no substitute for a new set of eyes! • Identify a trusted colleague • Note evaluation of design vs. implementation 98
  88. 88. Instructional Modules • Pulls together all BlendKit Course materials (readings, tasks, etc.) • Each module anchored to – one focus question – 3-4 learning objectives http://bit.ly/blendkit_activities 100
  89. 89. FACULTY DEVELOPMENT LESSONS LEARNED 107
  90. 90. BlendKit2011 • Open online course focused on blended learning – Publicly accessible readings, document templates, and how-to instructions + – Five weeks of facilitation: • Weekly encouraging messages • Weekly 30 min. webinars featuring guest blended learning instructors & discussion with others • Weekly reading/activity reflection prompts for blogging (more interaction with others). • Social networking opportunities for more interaction 108
  91. 91. Why an Open Online Course? • Open materials may be used at any time for self-study well beyond the NGLC grant period • No differences in course management systems to get in the way of the course • Easier for participants to self-select course components with which to engage • More diverse group, larger number of participants with whom to interact 109
  92. 92. = NGLC Institution = Non-NGLC Institution 110
  93. 93. Lessons Learned • Many participants would’ve preferred more structure • Next time: Use CMS as home base • Consider more traditional participation roles – Successful completion = submitting required assignments – Auditing = all other participation • Consider implementing open badges 111
  94. 94. BlendKit2012? • Possibly offering another cohort option in summer 2012 • Get on the mailing list: http://bit.ly/blendkit_mailinglist
  95. 95. Ideas for Adaptation • Use the BlendKit Reader for discussion group • Link to specific components as you wish • All materials are licensed for reuse/remixing – Download, edit, and upload to your own web site – Modify materials and send copies to us for uploading • Other ideas? • Contact us for brainstorming! 113
  96. 96. Blended Teaching Strategies Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository http://topr.online.ucf.edu
  97. 97. What Is It? a resource to support the curation of effective pedagogical practices in online and blended courses individual entries include: • strategy description drawn from the pedagogical practice of online/blended teaching faculty • artifacts depicting the strategy from actual courses • alignment with cited findings from research or professional practice literature All released for reuse/remix under Creative Commons
  98. 98. • 30+ published strategies relevant to online and blended courses • New strategies added/updated regularly • Categorized by Content, Interaction, or Assessment • Get ideas for your blended course design!
  99. 99. QUESTIONS? COMMENTS? DISCUSSION? 118
  100. 100. Thanks! Kelvin Thompson, Ed.D. kelvin@ucf.edu (connect to faculty dev. group) http://twitter.com/kthompso https://profiles.google.com/drkelvinthompson Slides: http://bit.ly/suny12_thompson http://bit.ly/blendkit

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