Blended Learning Activity
Sherry and I worked together on the blended learning challenge for this week. The challenge was to design (or re-design) a program using blended learning strategies. Below is our documented process and the two artifacts (presentations) we created to support this activity.
We reviewed the suggested website for a program list of existing hybrid courses for students. We reviewed many, but we liked Caldwell University’s model because of their requirements and the connection we saw with their purpose and our desire for the UCO program.
We looked at existing documents for our program which included the Plan of Study, Course Matrix, Course Catalog, and department meeting notes. We compared this information and discussed the similarities and needed development of an online/hybrid program. We reviewed some research regarding, student learning, problem-based administrative practices, and inquiry-oriented teaching programs. All of this information helped us determine the language of our values for the redesigned program.
With values and information we obtained during the diagnostic process, we then developed a Vision and Mission for our redesigned educational leadership program.
The Vision: The Educational Leadership program produces school leaders that possess the skills and traits to develop a culture and climate that is optimal for student learning and success.
The Mission: The educational leadership program provides a robust blended learning environment with opportunities to learn, grow, and connect through meaningful and intentional experiences, while developing educators into quality school leaders.
A depth of knowledge in
- supervision, curriculum, & technology
- Innovative and critical thinking
- Problem solving
- Inter and intrapersonally developed
- Data literate
- Operation and organization management
We then worked to build out the requirements for a redesign which would include a formal course description change, as well as communication and standardization among students, instructor, and department personnel. We would look to implement processes that would support the coordination of time, resources, and activities for future collaborations, activities, and networking.
The most important resources in this redesigned model will be human capital and capacity building for blended learning. It is crucial that all stakeholders understand the vision and mission of the blended learning educational leadership program. There is a need for ongoing professional development opportunities for department staff so that they can implement and support the program fully. It will be vital to conduct research around the program and use the results, along other points of data to implement with fidelity and sustain the redesign over time.
Here is our sample LEMx for the program redesign:
Our artifact presentations: