A new resource for CALS instructors involved in – or interested in – blended learning is available online. The university’s Blended Learning Toolkit website now has a CALS section, which includes FAQs, a bibliography of readings, blended learning examples from CALS and a list of CALS instructors who are using the approach.
The effort to develop the CALS area of the Blended Learning Toolkit was led by Randy Stoecker, professor of community and environmental sociology, who served as the CALS Blended Learning Fellow for the 2015-2016 academic year.
“We live in a world where information and communication technologies (ICTs) offer both great potential and great distraction. Blended learning provides a framework that can maximize the potential and minimize the distraction. By linking ICTs with active learning pedagogy, blended learning can move students from passive observers in the learning process to active participants,” says Stoecker.
The site currently has five blended learning examples from CALS, but there’s room for more. If you have an example to add, please contact Lisa Lenertz, associate faculty associate in the biochemistry department, who is the CALS Blended Learning Fellow for the new academic year. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
And for those wondering, “What is blended learning?”, here is the answer from the Blended Learning Toolkit’s FAQs page: “Blended learning courses are instructor-designed and supervised environments that use face-to-face and technology-mediated channels to enhance interactive, engaging learning experiences and to improve student learning outcomes.”