Random Thoughts on Instructional Design
My goal in attending this session was to gather information about how other institutions are using Blended Learning Models with large enrollment courses. My hope was that I would hear good ideas about how to engage the students in the class while having the students cover the content outside of class or visa versa. Unfortunately, that was not the case.
The presenters for this session presented two scenarios from the Business School: Intro to Finance and Intro to Marketing. In one scenario, the lecture was eliminated and replaced with videos online but maintained the discussion section meeting. The other course did not eliminate any meeting times but instead posted more material and assignments to be completed online between class meetings.
To summarize what I took away from the session I’d have to say that the students overwhelming disliked the videos particularly when the instructor then repeated the same information in class during the next meeting. This is not surprising. In the course where no sessions were eliminated, the students felt that they were being given too much busy work. One positive move noted by the presenters was the move away from tool or content specific folder organizations within the LMS to a modular/weekly based organization.
While Blended Learning takes on many forms, there are some very sound practices proposed in Blended Learning in Higher Education by Garrison and in other resources as well. I’m not certain whether they had referred to this research, but in working with faculty that were reluctant to move to a Blended Mode of course delivery I have found it invaluable.