Instructors who have taught online understand that, like a text, a whiteboard, or a gradebook, courseware, when it is based on sound learning science, can be is a tool that helps instructors do what they do best — teach.
Rio Salado College in Tempe, Arizona, serves more than 54,000 students from a broad spectrum of backgrounds. This interview with Michael Medlock, associate dean of instructional design and technology, explores how Rio designs online learning to serve all its students.
Many institutions interested in using design thinking start by bringing in consultants. But any institution interested in trying out design thinking may already have all the expertise it needs on campus: its own faculty.
Blended learning, also called hybrid learning, fuses traditional face-to-face classroom teaching with online instruction. It’s a simple concept, but it becomes more complex when you consider that there is no one way to blend learning; online and face-to-face instruction can be combined into several blended learning models.
Blended learning — the hybrid of classroom instruction and online learning — is gaining traction because it has the potential to engage students and improve outcomes and because of a growing awareness that the traditional lecture model has largely been proven to be a less effective. But faculty used to the traditional lecture model may find themselves asking “what is blended learning.”