JALN 15.1, Subject Matter, Faculty Development and Smart Use of Resources, Keys to Successful Transition to Blended Learning
The number of instructional offerings in higher education that are online, blended, or web-enhanced, including courses and programs, continues to grow exponentially. Alongside the growth of e-learning, higher education has witnessed the explosion of cloud-based or Web 2.0 technologies, a term that refers to the vast array of socially oriented, free or nearly free, web-based tools, has represented a transition from institutionally-provided to freely available technology tools. This paper addresses the numerous teaching and learning opportunities and challenges that institutions face in adopting and implementing cloud-based technologies into their eLearning programs and provides a guide for forming implementation decisions.
To support the growth of its blended courses, Bronx Community College (BCC), a unit of the City University of New York (CUNY), participated in a CUNY-sponsored initiative to increase blended learning options for students. The initiative allowed BCC to expand its existing faculty development program. This paper describes major aspects of the program, including strategies for faculty recruitment, face-to-face and online workshop activities, faculty peer mentoring, recruitment and utilization of students as Instructional Technology Tutors, and the documentation created in order to evaluate program activities.
Faculty development programs are critical to the implementation and support of curriculum innovation. In this case study, the authors present lessons learned from ten years of experience in faculty development programs created to support innovation in technology enhanced learning. Stages of curriculum innovation are matched to stages of faculty development, and important lessons for success as well as current challenges are delineated and discussed.
This paper describes the conversion of an introductory computing course to the blended learning model at a small, public liberal arts college. Blended learning significantly reduces face-to-face instruction by incorporating rich, online learning experiences. To assess the impact of blended learning on students, survey data was collected at the midpoint and end of semester, and student performance on the final exam was compared in traditional and blended learning sections. To capture faculty perspectives on teaching blended learning courses, written reflections and discussions from faculty teaching blended learning sections were analyzed. Results indicate that student performance in the traditional and blended learning sections of the course were comparable and that students reported high levels of interaction with their instructor. Faculty teaching the course share insights on transitioning to the blended learning format.
JALN Call for papers on Innovations in Online Education for Military and Veteran Students and Families
The Sloan Consortium Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks calls for papers on Innovations in Anytime Anywhere Military Education. The aim of the issue is to describe innovations in online education that are designed to respond to the educational needs of active-duty and veteran service people and their families. This issue aims to provide readers with innovative practices in:
Blended Learning - Designing & delivering blended courses while staying organized & building blended communities
by Matthew Russell - University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee