Core elements of blended online design
Blended online design focuses learning in the online environment with opportunities to develop further skills with practical face-to-face activities. Consider how pedagogy, technology and the learners are integrated into a blended online course design to maximize engagement and student performance.
The blended online design incorporates a learner-centered approach that is accessible and can be personalised.
For example, include opportunities for students that support collaboration and community-building such as whole class discussions that begin online, supported by a lab simulation in-class and culminating in a group project.
In a blended online model, learning technologies are key to student success. Select technological tools that allow the students to connect with the content, engage in peer interactions and communicate with the instructor.
For example, upload content videos for students to preview online, assign pairs to create an infographic that demonstrates critical thinking on the topic and present these assignments to the class for feedback from the instructor.
Keep learners in mind when organizing your blended online course. Learners benefit from clear expectations, intentional course design and frequent communication. This will reduce student anxiety, help them better understand their learning process, and facilitate their time management (Nilson et. al, 2021).
For example, communicate regularly with students online and post course announcements, syllabus and group feedback online.