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Best Practices for Designing Successful Blended Courses

Building effective learning experiences for increasingly diverse learners while facing financial constraints is one of the most important challenges higher education faces today. Blended instruction can help, but it takes work to fuse the worlds of face-to-face and online instruction.

Veronica Diaz, associate director of the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative, will show you how to make the best of both worlds in Best Practices for Designing Successful Blended Courses, a 90-minute audio online seminar.

Promote Faculty Development and Student Success
The unique challenges and opportunities of blended courses make mastering their design a pathway to professional development for faculty and enhanced learning for students. This online seminar will show you to how to design a blended course from scratch or re-design a traditional class.

What You’ll Learn
An overview of re-design for the blended environment
A basic model for course re-design
Mapping your course into the blended mode
Organizing content into instructional modules
Common crisis points for students and instructors, and how to handle them
Tips for aligning your course with quality assurance rubrics.

Who Should Attend
This is a foundation level course, appropriate for all institutions, and particularly helpful for:
Information technology professionals
Learning technologists.

About the Presenter

An authority on instructional technology, Veronica Diaz presents seminars nationally, serves on national advisory boards, and publishes widely on blended instruction and faculty use of instructional technology.  She is the associate director of the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative, supporting the integration of teaching, learning and technology for nearly 300 member institutions.  Previously, she supported and led learning technology and faculty development initiatives for Maricopa Community College’s 10-college system.  Diaz has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and has a PhD in Science and Technology and Business Administration from the University of Arizona.


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