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Innovative Blended Strategies to Engage Learners-Faculty Course Redesign Experience

Presenter(s)
Jun Yang (University of Maryland, US)
Susan White (University of Maryland, US)
Session Information
April 24, 2012 - 11:20am
Track: 
Teaching and Learning
Areas of Special Interest: 
Innovative Blends
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Practical Application
Institutional Level: 
Universities and Four Year Institutions
Audience Level: 
All
Session Type: 
Information Session
Location: 
Lakeshore C
Session Duration: 
50 Minutes
Session: 
6
Virtual Session
Abstract

Faculty will show case her three Stages of innovative blended strategies to engage learners. University of Maryland Blended Learning Initiative will also be shared.

Extended Abstract

Jointly presented by an instructional designer and a university professor with ample blended teaching experience, the presentation will demonstrate how a Business School faculty uses three corners of the blended classroom to structure the instruction and learning activities to engage students with the content, and with their peers to enhance critical thinking skills. We will illustrate the three stages of building a blended learning community. Dr. Susan White will share her redesign experience, focusing on how she utilizes the skills she has learned from the University of Maryland Blended Learning Initiative to restructure her course to increase the interactivities in her instruction. She will highlight the various strategies she has been employing in her Camtaisa videos and Clickers activities to make the lectures engaging for her students, via the integration of online and face-to-face components. Jun Yang (Instructional Designer) will also share how the University of Maryland leads its faculty in Blended Learning Initiative. Best practices and faculty challenges will be shared. This presentation will be conducted with a discussion format, through small group discussion, interactive questions and answers, audience contribution, and web showcases.

Lead Presenter

I'm an instructional designer in University of Maryland, College Park. I have over 8 years of elearning working experience. One of the many facets of my job here is to help faculty with redesigning and developing their blended courses and offer training workshops and consultation on effective uses of learning technologies in their teaching. Today's instructional design seems to be driven by the ever rapid growing technologies which posts new challenges for instructional designers. I enjoy opportunities to help faculty rethink their approach to integrating technology and teaching and learning, particularly as the university moves toward a greater emphasis on blended and fully online courses. In a second role, I am an online adjunct instructor teaching web designe and multimedia online courses. It is a great opportunity to practice what I preach about instructional design strategies.