Thinking Horizontally and Vertically About Blended Learning

Distance Education Report

Think about what it takes to make a blended learning class successful.  Of course, you need a faculty member who is able to teach the course, a robust set of learning objectives, a clear instructional design that integrates both the online and face-to-face aspects, and the instructional content required to successfully teach the course.  But you also need support of librarians who can help students with varied types of assignments, academic advisors who can effectively counsel students into the right kind of blended course for their learning style, plus various student support services that can help students with variable campus attendance requirements navigate registration, book purchase, and payment.  Indeed, the decision to offer a blended course or program can have university-wide implications. This is the crux of a recent presentation at the Sloan Blended Learning Conference. that invited attendees to explore some of the issues surrounding “horizontal” and “vertical” strategies for successful blended learning.

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