Blended Learning and Schoology

Graduate Credits

Graduate level professional development credits are provided by the University of North Dakota

Course Cost: $1549

Course Description

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This introductory blended course examines how to utilize a Learning Management System to create an effective blended learning environment. This course will demonstrate how Learning Management Systems (LMS) can promote collaboration, creativity, and improve student and parent communication. This course will also introduce educators to several online tools and resources that can help them teach effectively in a blended environment. This course is designed for the instructor who wants to utilize, powerful, collaborative tools with their colleagues, students, and community. Utilizing various methods of a blended learning model, participants will learn how these tools work, and how they can use them in their educational role.

In this blended course, students will meet face-to-face four times for 6 hours and once for 3 hours totaling 27 hours. During each face-to-face session students will experience a hands-on approach in creating a course that models a blended learning environment. Throughout these six face-to-face modules, students will engage in hands-on learning, group sharing of ideas, and small breakout sessions that offer differentiation of learning styles.

Students will also engage in 18 hours of online work which includes course readings, reflective responses and collaborative sharing of ideas through Schoology, our course learning management system. Students will also spend time creating 5 mini products and a cumulative final project. The final project will be the creation of a course taught in a blended learning environment. This course also includes a flipped version of the face-to-face version complete with video tutorials for extra remediation.

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Course Outline

Learning Goals

  • Define Blended Learning as it pertains to student learning in the classroom.
  • Explore and apply the techniques and processes of teaching in a Blended Learning environment
  • Collaborate and share best Blended Learning practices through course discussions and activities
  • Implement a variety of Web 2.0 tools and applications to inspire student creativity in a Blended Learning Environment
  • Design and build a course in Schoology, which includes:
    • Differentiated activities and assignments promoting student creativity.
    • A variety of assessments: formative, summative and authentic.
    • Group discussion boards.
    • Instructional content including flipped lessons, problem solving, etc.
  • Reflect on best practices and experiences using the Schoology blog tool.
  • Explore and implement Universal Design for Learning (UDL) model.
  • Discuss teachers’ roles in promoting Digital Citizenship
  • Develop school wide guidelines and procedures to ensure a safe and effective Blended Learning Environment.

Spring 2018 Course Dates

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