Blended Learning Series

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Blended Learning Faculty Development Series
Selected Mondays, October 2018 – April 2019
LIB 400, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

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Research has shown faculty often need assistance to move into a blended learning delivery paradigm  In this interactive series, the facilitators will guide participants in articulating their needs related to blended learning in order to identify possible ways that courses could be developed into an effective blended format. This coffee and tea themed series will allow participants to earn a Blended Learning Certificate.

Session 1:  House BlendBlend Basics: October 8, 2018  

Dr. Kelvin Thompson will facilitate a discussion of the definition of Blended Learning, the benefits of Blended Learning best practices, reducing the potential headaches and realizing the promises of Blended Learning. Dr. Thompson serves as Executive Director for UCF’s Center for Distributed Learning and a graduate faculty scholar within UCF’s College of Education. He has collaborated in the design of hundreds of online and blended courses over the past 15 years. Dr. Thompson developed the BlendKit Course open courseware ( as part of UCF’s Blended Learning Toolkit.

Session 2:  Coffee Talk – Blended Communication: Monday, November 12, 2018                        

Dr. Steven Crawford will assist participants in considering Models for Blended Learning Dr. Crawford is Associate Director at Arizona State University’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation. He is featured in BlendKit Course open courseware (

Session 3: Coffee Passport – Blended Content and Assignments: Monday, December 10, 2018       

Participants will learn best practices for presenting information in Canvas to avoid cognitive overload and as a tool for sharing effective lessons and configuring effective assessments.

Session 4:  Star Rewards – Assessing the Blend: Thursday, January 17, 2019

Participants hear from instructional designers to begin to align learning objectives with course activities and assessments to assist students in attaining required competencies and skills.

Session 5: Pour-Over Pairings – Using the Right Blending Tools. Monday, February 11, 2019      

Briana Johnson, Instructional Designer, will explore some useful technology tools for blended earning. Participants will visit station-based activities to explore technology tools to facilitate a positive student Blended Learning experience. Technology tools will include VoiceThread, Quizlet, Mindomo, and Rise.

Session 6:  Custom Roast – Creating the Perfect Blend: Monday, March 11, 2019

Participants will hear from faculty group on jow they designed and taught their blended course.The Blended Course Implementation Checklist and The Quality Matters Rubric for Hybrid courses – the standard for online and blended courses at UNTHSC – will be introduced. Peer Review will be incorporated into this session.

Session 7: Frappuccino Happy Hour – Wrap-Up and Celebration! Monday, April 8, 2019             

Sharing of blended learning course designs, celebrate accomplishments, award Artisan Blender awards.